June 18, 2014
"The most important thing about communication is hearing what isn't said." (Peter Drucker) Throughout this quarter, I was pushed above and beyond my limits of comfort to talk about interpersonal relationships and how I communicate within them. Looking back at some of the goals that were included in the personal goals handout, they were very similar to my own goals that I set at the beginning of the quarter. Those goals were being able to stand tension and conflict, letting others know when I am getting irritated, and lastly, being forceful and definite rather than hesitant and apologetic. I would also like to go into detail about how I plan on effectively using the material learned in this class in order to reach these goals.
The first goal that I set for myself was to be able to face tensions and conflict.
For as long as I can remember I have always done everything in my power to avoid any kind of conflict. This resulted into my personality being a "people pleasing" one. I always did what anyone asked of me as long as it meant that they wouldn't be mad at me. So while going through this quarter I learned more about my conflict style. I learned that I was under the category of avoidance. I knew from the beginning that was obviously the category that I would fall under from the way that I had handled conflicts in the past. The more I read about this certain type of conflict style, I realized that I didn't have all the traits that were being described. I continued on with the chapter to see what other conflicts styles I could fall under. The one that I feel like I also could...