James Lee Mcneil
November 25, 2014
Janet Tucker Fulk
I have learned many interesting things about myself as a communicator, thinks to taking the Interpersonal Communication’s class. I will discuss what I have learned about myself and my strengths and weakness. During the first week of class I learned that Noise was anything that interferes with or distorts communication. I also learned that Noise could be Physical– External / Physical – Outside the speaker or listener (see – hear – feel – smell, etc.) Physiological – Internal / Physical – Hearing problems, speech problems, etc. Psychological – Internal / Mental – Thoughts, Biases, Worries, Self-talk. Semantic – Words / Language / Meaning. I learned that Physiological Noise is a major issue for me because I suffer from hearing loss, which tends to affect my ability to communicate with others. I also learned about Axioms (Principles that Guide Communication). I learned that most of the time I relate to Communication is Purposeful - To Learn, Influence, Help, Relate, and Play. The communication between me and another has to have a purpose, if it has no purpose, I will most likely discontinue the communication. I also learned about the Qualitative Nature of Interpersonal Communication. I could relate to Uniqueness – Each relationship is unique – and different than others and Interdependence – Each relationship involves interdependence (What you do affects the other person – and what they do affects you). The first week of class was very interesting and I learned a lot the first week. During the second week I learned about how self-concept is formed. I learned about Self- Fulfilling prophecy. 1. You think something will occur. 2. You ACT in a way that MAKES it occur. 3. Because you acted that way – it DOES occur. 4. Because it occurred - Your initial belief is reinforced. (Can be imposed on us by ourselves, or by others.) I finally realized that many of the issues I had in the past, I caused because it was my way of thinking. I could limit or do away with bad outcomes or issues by just thinking in a more positive manner. I learned about EGO BOOSTERS and EGO BUSTERS and also found out that I tend to be an Ego Booster but depending on the issue at hand, I could also be an Ego busters. I am pretty good at boosting my friends Ego but I also have friends and mainly family who are Ego busters towards me. I also learned about PRESENTING THE SELF: COMMUNICATION AS IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT and learned about Perceived self = Self Concept – How WE see OURSELVES and Presenting self = Identity Management (Presenting ourselves in the way we want others to see us). It is amazing and true, I tend to see myself different then I present myself to others. During week three of class I learned that I was a Small Chunk – I focuses on details. If I don’t have all of the details, it makes it hard for me to come to a conclusion. I am also a Parts – Take in Details>> THEN puts them in the Context. Without all parts I am loss. I am also Internal focus inward - Decide based on own beliefs. My beliefs are very strong and were learned at an early age as a child, I tend to stick to them and my decisions most of the time will be based off of my beliefs. I am also a Divided Attention –/ Multitask – I can focuses on more than one thing at a time, and I am an outstanding multitasker. I also learned about the “Neuro-Logical” LEVELS, which are Mission – Purpose – Spirit, Identity, Values / Beliefs, Capabilities / Skills, Behaviors, and Environment. I tend to relate to Values/Beliefs, and Mission-Purpose-Spirit. During many other weeks of class I learned about Experiencing and Expressing Emotions. I learned that I rarely feel one feeling and that I tend to feel multiple feelings all at once. I learned about managing difficult emotions. I learned that I use Encounter...
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