You are going to identify one personal relationship and analyze a situation. Your relational partner must be at least 18 years of age; before that age many adolescent variables would influence how the interaction might play out. You may select your son or daughter, your boss on the job, your mom or dad, your girlfriend or boyfriend, even a sibling or best friend could be used. The only rule other than age is this must be an important relationship, you know, one that is worth analyzing.
Purpose for Assignment: Demonstrate that you know how to use the theory or concept in this course to understand and explain your own relationship interactions. It is also hoped you will gain a deeper understanding of an important relationship in your life.
Journal 1: Perception – how you see an event as compared to how your partner sees the same event.
Â· One theory or concept for analysis
Â· 1 page in length
entry MUST be organized exactly as outlined below:
Context: Type the context at the top of this section (you will write the context of the interaction – where and when it occurred.) If you are unsure of what we mean by context of interpersonal interactions, read about it online and in the text. Remember, we use theory to explain, not general terms. For the Challenges Entry, your incident will focus on just one challenge from the following: jealousy, termination of a relationship, the impact of distance on a relationship, or deception. See the textbook and online lessons for information about how theories and concepts help us understand challenges in important relationships.
Interaction: Here, write the actual event, giving enough detail of what occurred so the analysis will be easily understood. Most people find it easier to write in a narrative form rather than a dialogue form, but it is your choice. The â€œDescriptionâ€ portion is about Â½ page in length.
Begin by writing the name of the theory or concept (USE CAPS AND bold face so it is obvious to me) and write a 1 or 2 sentence explanation of the theory or concept, so it is clear you know what the theory or concept means. The theory or concept you choose should come directly from the chapter applying to the lesson. So, for the conflict journal, the theories and concepts you use to analyze your experience should come from the chapter dealing with conflict.
Now, APPLY the theory or concept to the event you have described above. In this area you will explain why this theory or concept helps us to understand the interaction YOU PROVIDED IN THE â€œDescription.â€
NOTE: Short entries will lose points
NO FLUFF â€“ I want theory application. As with all assignments, writing errors will damage your grade. Edit your work carefully; this is a college level course and college level writing is expected. All assignments are accessed through the lessons and submitted there. The bulk of your writing will be in the Analysis portion, not the Description portion.