Reflection On Interpersonal Communication

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Throughout the past few months I've had the opportunity to improve my interpersonal relationship through the guidance of the interpersonal communication class. My three areas that I improved the most were strengenting my I-thou relationships, adapting to others, and properly solving conflicts. I thou relationships are hard to maintain when I begin to pile more responsibilities on my plate. My friend group is extremely close, and I noticed that one of my relationships in that group was dwindling away. This was my relationship with Bailey. During the summer, which is a primarily calm period for me, Bailey and I had grown close. But since I started school in the fall and work part time I wasn’t able to see her as often. In a…show more content…
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