Family and Friends (lecture)

Family and Friends (lecture) - COM 225 Last Exam Family...

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COM 225 – Last Exam Family and Friends Types and Maintenance Tactics Family Communication Patterns     o These patterns arise from two underlying sets of beliefs: Conversation Orientation: the ease with which families converse and  breadth of topics they discuss Conformity Orientation: the degree to which families use communication  to emphasize similarity (or diversity) in attitudes, beliefs, and values. Conversation Orientation o Low Conversation Orientation Families: interact infrequently, limit their  conversations to a few topics, discourage disclosure and discussion o High Conversation Orientation Families: communicate regularly, share thoughts  and feelings openly, view communication as the principal vehicle for maintaining  family bonds Conformity Families o High Conformity Families: use IPC to enforce uniformity of though; expect children  to obey parents and other elders; prioritize family relationships o Low Conformity Families: emphasize diversity in attitudes, beliefs, and values;  view outside relationships as equally important; expect children to contribute to  family decision making. Four Different Patterns o Consensual: High Conversation/High Conformity (can talk about a lot of things, but  in the end the parents’ decisions go) ex: the family who disowned her for dating a  black man o Pluralistic: High Conversation/Low Conformity (can talk about a lot of things and  from there can make their own opinions) o Protective: Low Conversation/High Conformity (speak when spoken to/do as I say) o Laissez-Faire: Low Conversation/Low Conformity (aren’t connected in anyway) Definition of Friendship     o A voluntary interpersonal relationship in which:
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The people involved LIKE EACH OTHER And ENJOY EACH OTHER’S COMPANY Types of Friendships o Communal: Focus primarily on sharing time and activities together; provide  emotional support and encouragement; only survive if such support is mutual o Agentic: Focus primarily on helping each other achieve practical goals; available  when need arises; not interested in emotional interdependence or mutual  disclosure (work friends, group projects, teammates, etc) Ten Rules of Friendship 1. Provide emotional support and offer assistance in times of need, without having to  be asked 2. Seek support and counsel when needed, disclosing burdens 3. Respect privacy, avoid pushing friends to share information that is too personal 4. Keep confidences, not betraying confidential information to others
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