The Importance of Interpersonal Communications in a Friendship

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I don’t know where I would be without my best friend. The person who keeps me sane when my family is driving me crazy, or the person who will stay up with me all night to support me when I have a last minute paper due in a class; I don’t know where I would be without that support. I found this support in my best friend, my sister from another father, Regina. Regina is an eccentric, overbearing, lover of all things natural type of girl. She lives life to the fullest and never backs down from a challenge. She is funny, full of whit and sharper than a tack fresh out of the box. Although it hasn’t always been a smooth road for us we still remain friends to this day. Regina and I were neighbors for several years and in that time our…show more content…
Managing my emotions and listening carefully greatly improved my response and nonverbal communication. Once I had my emotions in check, Regina’s attention, and an environment that reduced my listening barriers, it was time for self-disclosure. Self-disclosure is defined as purposefully providing information about yourself to others that they would not learn if you did not tell them (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond pp. 53). Since Regina and I already knew a lot about each other, I chose the time we spent together to disclose my thoughts and feelings about our current situation and my feelings on our relationship. I began with an open conversation about our avoidance of our core issues and asked her what we could do to fix them. She responded with, “You need to stop over analyzing things and just go with the flow.” At first I was taken aback by her statement because instead of taking some of the fault on herself, she put it all on me. But I took a moment to think about what she said and why she was saying it and asked her for suggestions on how to better communicate with each other. She thought about it for a moment and replied, “I don’t think you’re a bad communicator, I just think you’re bad at expressing your issues when the time is right. You usually just bottle it up and when it’s too much to keep down, you blow up; which makes it
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