Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Development Essay

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Relationship Development 1
Running Head: RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Development
Relationship Development 2 Communication is the process of gathering meaning from the world around us and using verbal and non-verbal messages to share this meaning with others. (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2005) More specifically, interpersonal communication can be defined as; “a distinctive, transactual form of human communication involving mutual influence, usually for the purpose of managing relation ships.” (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2005, p. 6) Interpersonal communication is extremely complex and encompasses many different themes and issues that affect many aspects of our daily lives. These
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Chase makes small talk by asking about the patient’s boy friend and where she grew up. While this small talk and self discloser does not form extremely intimate relationships, it does move the relationship from impersonal to an interpersonal. (Beebe et al. 2005) For relationships to develop from impersonal to interpersonal several elements are necessary. Most importantly the people involved in the relationships must have interpersonal conversations in which they self-disclose information to one another. Through this self disclosure the parties in the relationship obtain information about one another that they would otherwise not know. “Interpersonal relationships cannot achieve intimacy without self-disclosure.” (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 54) The intimacy that self-discloser builds causes the parties in the relationship to treat each other as unique individuals. For instance if the patient from the pilot season of House had been transferred Dr. Chase, Dr. Forman, and Dr. Cameron would have had some interest in how she was doing and where she was. While House depicts several different relationships Garden State focuses primarily on two relationships. The main relationship in the movie is the relationship between Andrew and Sam, and the other is between Andrew and his father. The relation ship between Andrew and his father is one of the only relationships of circumstance depicted in Garden State. This relationship is classified as a