Interpersonal Communication Essay

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In this paper I plan to look at five ways to improve interpersonal communication within a long relationship or marriage. The five areas that I am planning to look at are identifying the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions. Describe the process by which self-concept is developed and maintained. Recognize how words have the power to create and affect attitudes, behavior, and perception. Describe strategies for managing interpersonal conflicts. Evaluate appropriate levels of self-disclosure in relationships. I will also be looking if there are any differences in communication between married couples and those couples in a long standing relationship but not married. The first area we are going to look at is identifying the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions. “The process of building a relationship with someone is not always smooth and trouble-free. Communication problems can arise that disrupt the relationship or even cause its termination. Three common communication problems in relationships stem from the following behaviors of one or both parties: (1) silence or refusing to communicate; (2) placating, which means to soothe or calm someone by being nice or by giving in to demands; and (3) playing games. These behaviors can sabotage a relationship and stand in the way of honest, open communication. Let us examine these behaviors and some ways to get past these obstacles to a strong relationship.” The second part of interpersonal communication will be describe the process by which self-concept is developed and maintained. First we need to know what is self-concept it states that self-concept is “your self-concept is learned; it is organized, it is dynamic, and it is changeable (Purkey, 1988).” We will also look at how to develop and maintain your self-concept and what does this mean to a relationship. The third part of couple’s

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