Explain the principles of, and barriers to, effective interpersonal communication. You must include explanations of the two principles and their significance. You must also explain at least two barriers to communication and how to overcome them. It is highly recommended that you use an example to think through at least one principle and barrier.
Analyze the role of communication in developing and maintaining oneâ€™s self-concept, self-image, and self-esteem. Be sure to define each term and directly connect each to communication. The best papers will address the links between psychology and communication and the importance of their relationship. You want to explain how ideas of the self-influence how we communication and how our communication exchanges shape how we think conceptualize ourselves.
Differentiate appropriate levels of self-disclosure (and emotional intelligence – optional) in various relationships. To have a conversation about differentiation, you must first define â€œself-disclosure.â€ You have not read the section on emotional intelligence yet, so you are only required to define â€œself-disclosure.â€ However, if you want feedback on your coverage of emotional intelligence, go ahead and try to discuss it by reading Chapter 8, section 8.2 in Bevan and Sole. Also, to get to the heart of assessing â€œappropriateness,â€ explain the importance of disclosure in various contexts. Explain how it can be beneficial and harmful. If youâ€™d like an additional resource to think through this theme, watch the following video on online self-disclosure and think through the idea of â€œconnectingâ€ with others while being alone: Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?
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Analyze the impact of gender and culture on interpersonal communications. Explain the relationship between gender, culture, and communication, and how acknowledging these elements is central to becoming an effective communicator. Consider the pros and cons of what are often deemed more â€œmasculineâ€ versus â€œfeminineâ€ forms of communication and how various styles can help us in particular contexts. Explain how culture (as transmitted through communication) trains us about gender norms and how these are potentially linked to how we communicate. And, please review the Week 1 and 2 guidance, as they offer many resources to help you think about culture, gender, and communication.
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