NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 9 (45 pages)

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COM 112 Chapter 9

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North Carolina State University
Course:
Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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CHAPTER PREVIEW 1 2 3 4 1 Why Social Relationships Matter 2 Forming and Maintaining Social Bonds 3 Characteristics of Friendships 4 Social Relationships in the Workplace FRIENDSHIPS FORGED Centuries ago the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed that when people share salt which means enduring a difficult experience together they forge bonds of friendship that are not easily broken Such was the case for 33 men who were trapped together for 69 days in the fall of 2010 after a cave in at the San Jos mine near Copiap Chile The miners who ranged in age from 19 to 63 survived their ordeal by staying busy holding one another accountable for assigned tasks and maintaining support and optimism throughout the group According to experts who have studied the effects of shared trauma such as being lost at sea or fighting in battle together the experience of enduring and surviving such a horrific event together will join these men to one another emotionally for the rest of their lives Page 278 I magine what life would be like without friends Families and romantic relationships are important to us but friends and acquaintances contribute significantly to our well being too Sometimes we look to friends for social and emotional support At other times we seek out our friends when we just want to hang out and relax or when we need help making a decision or dealing with a problem Friends lift our spirits and remind us we re not alone in the world And occasionally they help us through traumatic experiences as the Chilean miners did for one another This chapter illustrates the importance of social relationships such as those between friends close acquaintances and co workers and focuses on how we use interpersonal communication to manage those relationships All relationships are social to some extent Because romantic and familial relationships often meet different social needs than do friendships acquaintanceships and workplace relationships we will reserve those relationships for the



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