Communication Analysis Assignment

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July 27, 2009 SPCH 1300 Instructor: Dr. Avinash Thombre Communication Analysis Assignment Theory of Relational Dialectic Have you ever sat down and really analyzed a relationship you have with someone? By analyzing the relationship you can look at all aspects of the relationship. Well this paper is required of me in my Speech Communication class to analyze a personal relationship I have or have had in the past. This relationship is allowed to be with anyone in my life, not just an intimate relationship with a boyfriend or husband. When I am done with analyzing my relationship I should have a personal sense of empowerment about the relationship I have or have had with the person of choice. Theory There are three dialectical tensions that I am to focus on when analyzing my relationship they are connection with autonomy, novelty with predictability, and openness with closedness. According to “Chapter 6 Relationships” power point slide that Dr. Thombre (2009) provided, connection/autonomy is best described as “tension between the desire to be separate and the desire to be connected” (slide 11). In other words we want to do things together in a relationship but we also have conflicting feelings of doing things alone that would define ourselves. According to “Chapter 6 Relationships” power point slide that Dr. Thombre (2009) provided, novelty/predictability is best described as “tension between the desire for familiar routines and the desire for newness” (slide 12). This tension happens because even though people like to have a daily routine that they go through in life, once in a while they want excitement and spontaneity. People like a little spice in their life once in a while to make the relationship interesting. Using these same power point slides provided by Dr. Thombre (2009), he states openness/closedness is “tension between the desire to be
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