INTRODUCTION: Week 2: Relationships and Perceptions Between Self and Others
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
—C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
As you begin to work on Week 2 of this course, ask yourself this question: “Who am I right now?” You may be “the student” who is preparing to focus on coursework, “the parent” who has to leave the computer soon to tuck a child into bed, or any number of other “selves” that flow in and out of your daily situations. How do these “selves” change depending on the people around you? What are the changes in how you represent yourself when you talk with your coworkers compared to when you talk with your friends?
This week’s content moves from the interpersonal communication foundation introduced in Week 1 to looking at how your relationships and perceptions of yourself and of others impact how you apply interpersonal communication skills. In this week, you will consider your self-concept and how you present different “faces” in different contexts, and how these faces play in your relationships and communication with others.
You will also consider how one’s own perceptions develop and how that ties into identity formation, relationships, and communication with others. By the end of this week, you may have a new appreciation for the complexity inherent to your relationships and perceptions of others!
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HOMEWORK1. Discussion: Communication in Context
We develop selves by internalizing two kinds of perspectives that are communicated to us: the perspectives of particular others and the perspective of the generalized other.
—George Herbert Mead, American philosopher and social theorist
Would you say that you are the same person you were at age 5, 15, or 20? Probably not. Your readings this week focus on how self-concept develops over time and through interactions and communication with others. In this Discussion, you will consider and share the ways in which your “self,” or “selves” were developecd.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3 1-2 paragraphs that include the following:
2. Assignment: Week 2 Worksheet: The Perception Process
Which came first, the perception or the communication? This question, much like the “chicken or the egg” query, is an important one in the communication process because how we communicate is determined by how we perceive the things around us. But then again, how we perceive things is based upon how we have developed through communication.
Your readings on perception this week really grow out of what you read about the development of the self through communication. Thus, when it comes down to it, we can determine that communication came first, but perception was not far behind. Through this worksheet assignment, you will investigate perception a little further.
Refer to the Week 2 Application Worksheet, “The Perception Process,” located in the Learning Resources.
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