Reflective Paper

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The ability to communicate effectively is essential to living a healthy and happy life. In fact, some theorists believe that, “communication is the primary goal of human existence” (Adler & Rodman, 2012, p. 11). Without communication, we wouldn’t be able to order food in a restaurant, laugh at a joke, or interview for a job. In addition to conveying our needs and desires, communication also reveals how we define ourselves and perceive others. Therefore, it is important to understand how and why we assign these identities to avoid falsely labeling ourselves and others. According to Abraham Maslow “we communicate to meet a range of human needs” (Wood, 2010, p. 11). Maslow argued that our needs can be categorized in one of five ways: physical, safety, belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. To fulfill these needs we start with are most basic physical needs before moving on to safety, belonging, and self-esteem. Once these basic needs are met, we allow ourselves to devote resources to achieving self-actualization. During a weekend fishing trip in Park Rapids, I monitored the communication that I used to fulfill these needs. I noticed these interactions were intrapersonal as well as interpersonal. While I was getting ready to leave for the weekend, I began to think about how hungry I would get if nobody brought any food. I know this because it has happened before. So, I called a friend that was also going on the trip, to discuss food options. It was decided I should bring food for a Friday and Saturday night meal. The conversation was far too brief because we failed to discuss breakfast and lunch options. This seems to happen every time I go fishing with this group of guys. Next time, we need to have better communication about the meal plan. One of the friends I was fishing with offered to drive. By the time he arrived at my house he had

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