COMM 1004 WK 4 ​Assignment: Relationship Analysis

Assignment: Relationship Analysis

Being in a relationship can, at times, feel like you are living in a fishbowl—where it is a challenge to gain an outside perspective. As professional communicators, we can learn to use skills and strategies to take a step back and analyze our relationships to improve our communication performance at home or the office. Emotional intelligence and listening skills are critical soft skills that directly impact our relationships. Learning to recognize our own emotions, and those of others, is an important personal and professional skill. Listening skills, from active to empathetic, is a key skill to understanding ourselves and others.

In this Assignment, you complete Soft Skills Builder Assessments on Emotional Intelligence and Listening, learn about strengths and opportunities, and analyze a relationship that came apart.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Read the Communication Program Professional Writing Guidelines.
  • Read Chapter 7 Communication in Relationships and Chapter 5 Listening.
  • Read Emotional Intelligence: Developing Strong “People Skills.”
  • Read “Poor Listening Habits.”
  • Take the Soft Skills Builder Assessments on Emotional Intelligence and Listening. You will want to keep the results. These will be needed in Week 6, as well.

Write a 2- to 3-page paper that answers the following:

  1. Describe a relationship that you have seen go through the coming apart stages. Identify which stage that relationship was in.
  2. How did the emotional intelligence of the people involved affect the status of the relationship?
  3. Which of the obstacles of effective listening played a role in the breakdown of the relationship?
  4. What advice would you give to improve the relationship?

Week 4: Relationship Development Stages

Communication is a dynamic process, and relationships never stay the same over time. Like changes in the weather, we come to know each other, form relationships, experience emotional storms, get wet once in a while, and, hopefully, grow as we experience conflict and joy and learn to manage the tensions we all feel and experience. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of coming together, or growing apart, is an important element of your interpersonal skills. Addressing tensions that pull you and others in different directions is an important and healthy part of relationship maintenance.

This week, we will identify the stages of relationships as we explore emotional intelligence as an important element of our soft skills development.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • Identify the stages of relationship development and the tensions that exist within them
  • Assess how the language of relationships has evolved
  • Identify the roles of emotional intelligence and effective listening in the state of a relationship

Required Readings

Brown, A., Edes, A. & Roman, L. (2018). From ‘bae’ to ‘submarining,’ the lingo of online dating. Retrieved from…

Executive Advisory. (n.d.). Poor listening habits. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from…

Fetters, A. (2018). The 5 years that changed dating. Retrieved from…

Jeet D. (2018). Data study: Generational dating differences & similarities. Retrieved from…

Lebowitz, S. (2017). 9 ways millennials are approaching marriage differently from their parents. Retrieved from…

Markarian, T. (n.d.). How dating has changed over the last 100 years. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from…

MindTools. (n.d.-a). Emotional intelligence: Developing strong “people skills.” Retrieved June 12, 2019, from….

MindTools. (n.d.-b). How emotionally intelligent are you?: Boosting your people skills. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from…

University of Minnesota. (n.d.-h). Chapter 7: Communication in relationships. In Communication in the real world: An introduction to communication studies. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from…

University of Minnesota. (n.d.-f). Chapter 5: Listening. In Communication in the real world: An introduction to communication studies. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from…

Required Media

[BuzzFeedViolet]. (2015, December 13). When should you define the relationship? [Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.

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