1. Select one past or present relationship from your life. This can be a family member, a friend or a romantic partner. You will be reflecting on how the course material applies to this relationship.
2. Find and review all the places in the textbook that discuss this type of relationship. For example, if you selected a friend, find all the content in the book where friendships are specifically discussed. Look over your notes from all the lessons that could apply to this relationship.
3.Discuss the material from the book and lessons that were the most interesting and meaningful to you and this relationship. Explain how they apply to your chosen relationship. Share examples and relate stories that demonstrate the text and lesson content.
For a friendship you could discuss:
• types of friendships
• friendships and gender
• friendship and social media
• communication’s role in successful friendships
For a family member you could discuss:
• patterns in family communication
• effective communication in families
• lesson over happy families from Week Three
For romantic partner you could discuss:
• types of love
• developmental phases of relationship development
• couple talk lessons
• touch in relationships
• characteristics of romantic relationships (from the book in Chapter 10)
• if married, the lessons on happy and long lasting marriages
For any type of relationship you could discuss:
• how perception, negative schemas and cognitive distortions affect this relationship
• how words and language affect this relationship
• how differences in Keirsey-Bates types affect this relationship
• do you speak different Chapman love languages
• how is conflict handled in this relationship
Note: You do not have to discuss ALL of the above. These are potential areas to explore and discuss in your paper. I encourage you to select from above as they particularly apply to your relationship or that you found especially enlightening or helpfulfrom this course.
The textbook is called Interplay: the process of interpersonal communication