NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 8 (40 pages)

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COM 112 Chapter 8

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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 Emotion in Interpersonal Communication 2 The Nature of Emotion 3 Influences on Emotional Experience and Expression 4 Sharpening Your Emotional Communication Skills AWASH IN EMOTION In an episode of the Fox television show Glee Kurt Hummel played by Chris Colfer sat at the bedside of his father Burt played by Mike O Malley who had recently suffered a heart attack and was in a coma Kurt was overwhelmed with a wide range of emotions He felt guilty about an argument they d had the last time they spoke He was fearful of losing his father and saddened at the thought of life without him He felt grateful for the support of his friends and ashamed that he had neglected them earlier And when his dad began to squeeze his hand Kurt felt surprised happy and profoundly hopeful that Burt might recover The intensity of Kurt s many emotions helped him to realize how important his father was to him Page 246 E motion is a powerful force When we experience an intense emotion such as the profound sorrow of losing a loved one or the profound joy of reuniting with one it can seem as though our emotions consume us In some respects that s exactly what happens Our emotions are so connected to our body mind and behaviors that they practically overtake us Understanding this powerful and often mysterious force can therefore help us to appreciate the enormous role it plays in the ways we relate to others 1 Emotion in Interpersonal Communication So much of what we say think and do is affected by our emotions yet we seldom stop to consider what emotions are We realize that emotions cause us to feel and act in certain ways but why In this section we ll define emotions and consider how they are related to moods We ll then examine specific forms of emotions that are joyful and affectionate hostile or sad and anxious considering their applications to interpersonal communication as we do What Is an Emotion Emotion might seem like the kind of phenomenon you can t really define



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