Chapter 1 - January 8, 2008 David Myer's Work- the Pursuit...

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January 8, 2008 David Myer’s Work- the Pursuit of Happiness Happiness Basic needs met o Food, water, safety shelter, health, clothing Have a meaningful activity or purpose o Helping others, teaching, volunteering Then additional wealth had no effect on happiness Across 170,000 people in 16 countries, no consistent trend for affluent to be happier Since 1950’s average affluence in U.S. has doubled o Depression has increased 10x o Teen suicide has tripled Most important determinant of happiness? What is the Interpersonal Communication? (IPC) IPC is dynamic (constantly changing) Between two (or more) people The messages exchanged significantly influence their thoughts, emotions, behavior & relationships 4 Defining Characteristics Dynamic Transactional o Mutual Influential
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Dyadic o Two (or more) people Impact o Making a difference or change Martin Buber’s Work (Influenced by the holocaust) Discussing the impact of IPC (1965) o Although we can never lessen the distance, we can make it seem ‘thicker’ or ‘thinner’, depending on how we communicate with others o Miranda in the Devil Wears Prada Buber’s 2 modes of communication I-it o Communicate toward others as objects (‘position-center’) Ex: woman as a keg commercial Ex: Condom commercial- men viewed as pigs I-thou o Communicate toward others as unique individuals , embracing similarities, accepting Principles of IPC IPC coveys both content & relational level information
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o The Mara Example Did not give Steve time of day as he was an undergrad, but once she say him with this doctoral, she was deciding if she was going to have an affair with him. In a casual tone of voice with no touching.
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Chapter 1 - January 8, 2008 David Myer's Work- the Pursuit...

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