NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 3 (28 pages)

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North Carolina State University
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Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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CHAPTER PREVIEW 1 2 3 4 1 Understanding the Self Self Concept 2 Valuing the Self Self Esteem 3 Presenting the Self Image Management 4 Communicating the Self Self Disclosure LIVING MULTIPLE LIVES The romantic comedy film Sweet Home Alabama 2002 is a tale of identity clashes Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie Smooter who leaves behind her southern roots to become a successful New York City fashion designer Upon her engagement to Andrew Hennings the son of New York s mayor Melanie announces that she must return to Alabama alone to tell her parents the good news What Andrew doesn t know is that she is returning to demand a divorce from her childhood boyfriend Jake Perry to whom she is still married When she arrives in Alabama Melanie discovers the complexity of negotiating two very different selves one representing her past the other representing her present Page 72 M any of us have gone through an ordeal like Melanie s a situation in which two of our selves clash and we are left feeling uncomfortable and unsure In her case there was the Melanie from childhood steeped in the traditions and values of the rural conservative South Then there was the Melanie from adulthood the high achieving professional in the urban progressive North Early adulthood is a time when many of us try to break away from our childhood self concepts our ideas about ourselves and figure out who we want to be as adults It s not at all uncommon for individuals like Melanie to find their past and their present identities at odds 1 Understanding the Self Self Concept Interpersonal communication begins with you and your understanding of yourself Who are you How do you relate to others What is the self in myself Answering those questions allows you to communicate and form relationships with a solid understanding of who you are and what you have to offer In this section we examine the self concept and consider various influences on its development We probe how individuals manage their identities in day to



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