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You Just Don't Understand: Chapter 1 Reactions to the World around them Men : - views the world as a hierarchy society. - either one-up or one-down. - view conversations as negotiations in which they try to achieve status - life is about power and accomplishment - Pursue opposition Women : - view the world as a network of connections - conversations are negotiations for closeness where they seek confirmation and support. -protect themselves from other's attempts to push them away. - life is a community and a struggle to preserve intimacy and avoid isolation. -Pursue friendships Intimacy and Independence Men : -make decisions without consulting. - feel oppressed by lengthy discussions. - see things as minor decisions. - feel hemmed in if they can't just act without talking first. - a means of establishing status is by giving orders to those in lower status. (Taking orders=lower status) Women : - feel it is natural to consult with partners - expect decisions to be discussed first and made by consensus. - conversations are seen as evidence of involvement and communication. ex) married couple: husband doesn't like consulting with wife because he feels as if he needs to permission to do things. --> not independent. However, the wife feels that their lives re intertwined so their actions have consequences. Lack of consultation to the wife is a lack of closeness but consultation to the husband is seen as limited freedom. -communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. Chapter 2: Asymmetries: Women and Men Talking at Cross Purposes
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They're My Troubles, Not Yours When a woman sympathizes with a man, he gets annoyed and feels she is trying to take something away from him by denying the uniqueness of his experience. ex) "I know how you feel; I feel the same way" I'll Fix it For you when men offer solutions to women, they complain about women's refusal to take action to solve the problems they complain about. their sincere attempts to help a woman solve her problems are met with disapproval rather than gratitude. Woman express their problems frequently because of the metamessage that it carries: it's a bad for an expression of understanding or a similar complaint. Troubles talk = rapport talk women send each other the metamessage of "We're the same, you're not alone" women feel distanced by advice: which sends the metamessage: "We;re not the same. You have the problems, I have the Solutions." Parallel Tracks Men tend to dismiss each other's troubles as insignificant and would rather talk about their own. ex) "You shouldn't feel bad because your problems aren't so bad" Matching Troubles women tend to show understanding of another woman's feelings. men try to reassure women by telling them that their situation isn't so bleak. --> women
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course COMM 10 taught by Professor Suman during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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Comm- Book notes - You Just Don't Understand: Chapter 1...

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