How Does Communication Affect Relationships Change?

1437 WordsApr 7, 20176 Pages
The Positive Ending Interpersonal communication is heavily present in close-knit relationships. Throughout time, all communication in relationships changes whether it is for the positive, negative, or just different. Mark Knapp created a ten stage system to describe how communication in relationships change (255). The ten stages of Knapp’s system are: initiating, experimenting, intensifying, integrating, bonding, differentiating, circumscribing, stagnating, avoiding, and terminating (256). These ten stages can occur in any order, and not all of these stages are present in each relationship. Even though half of Knapp’s stages start to lead to the termination of a relationship, it is important to know that the termination of a relationship…show more content…
In the experimenting stage, we learned a lot about each other such as what our favorite colors, toys, ice cream flavors, and animals were. Throughout the next couple of weeks, I learned that my friend moved from New York because her dad received a job in North Carolina. Her favorite sport to play was lacrosse, which I had never heard of before because my school did not offer it. I will never forget the excitement on our faces when we learned that we both had an older brother. We continuously got in trouble for talking too much in class. We could not stop because we were having so much fun learning about each other. When I found out she lived in the same neighborhood as one of my friends, I knew we were going to be the best of friends. It was during this stage that I decided I wanted to continue and develop a friendship with this girl from New York. We started to hang out on the weekends, which entered our relationship into the intensifying stage. According to Knapp, the stage of intensifying a relationship is the act of, “…Getting to know the other person’s family and friends, spending time with each other, hanging out with each other’s friends, and getting involved in similar activities,” (258). After a couple of weeks of getting to know my friend, I was invited to her house. I remember meeting her family for the first time and immediately feeling like I was their third child. The day was spent playing outside with her dog. When my mom pulled up in their
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