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Chapter Capture 2, Week 3 Notes

by: Cecilia Lyman

Chapter Capture 2, Week 3 Notes Comm 150

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This is a great example of what Brother Bean looks for in a Chapter Capture. You can pull of a capture with less details than this, but have fun with it!
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Date Created: 08/17/16
Chapter Capture 2 “Looking Out, Looking In.” Purpose: Interpersonal communication is essential in our lives: We need to communicate. Central Message I: Communication and the Self-Concept Application/Validations: Who am I? Moods/Feelings: Worry, relaxation, unease, confidence4, inspiration, hope9, depression. Appearance: Attractive, average, happy7, low maintenance. Social Traits: Encouraging5, relatable, dry, clean, friendly. Talents: Nonathletic, articulate6, problem solving8, cooking, writing10, singing, procrastinating. Intellectual Capacity: Intelligent, Logical, ADHD, profound2, impatient, inattentive. Strong Beliefs: Latter-day Saint3, Kindness1, hard work, Low taxes. Social Roles: Daughter, sister, friend, student, roommate, girlfriend. Physical Condition: Acne, strong hair, able body, slightly squishy, well nourished, young. Who am I? I am a young woman who does her best, fails a lot, and hopes to fail less. I am a disciple of Christ. I am an over analyzer, but I love it. When I take away my top ten qualities, I am shallow, depressed, and mean. Biology and Social Roots of the Self I should acknowledge my biological disadvantages, but stay motivated to work past them. If I have a positive view of my personality, I will be a much better communicator. I should also try to be around people who cheer me on, and in return, I must cheer them on. Fred Gray was an ego booster for me. He told me I was smart and beautiful. He was such an intelligent, wise person, that he became a significant other. I believed him. I felt like somebody around him. My dear friend Kaiti-Jayne has been an ego buster at times. When I’m excited about something, she tells me I’m weird. When I’m worried about something, she tells me I worry too much. I feel like I’m too much this and too little that. I boosted my brother’s ego when I watched the movies he made and told him what I liked about them. I could see the light in his eyes whenever I gave strong compliments. I busted my roommates’ egos last semester when I came home boasting of all the dates I got asked on. I can see now that I made their lives harder, because I was so concerned with being desirable that I didn’t make the time to build them up. Characteristics of the Self-Concept When I was in my senior year, I really wanted to go into the medical field. It was all I wanted. I took a Certified Nursing Assistant class during the 1 second trimester, and I flunked it. My schedule was overloaded and I didn’t have a lot of support, but the failure broke my heart all the same. Even now, I just can’t bear to try out medical careers again. Even though I’ve become much more responsible since then, I feel completely unqualified. This is an example of obsolete information. I let one event tell me who I am far into the future. Culture, Gender, and Identity I’ve always felt that it’s near impossible for me to be funny, because I’m a girl. Guys can make us laugh so easily just by being silly or turning a couple phrases around. But girls can’t, because we’re supposed to be sweet and giggly. The book is right, however, that I can avoid confining myself by choosing to be around people who will accept me. When I’m with my boyfriend Michael, I feel funny and fulfilled, because he laughs at my jokes. He doesn’t treat me like a cookie-cutter girl. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Communication I actually haven’t been hugely affected by the self-fulfilling prophecy, and here’s why: when I thought I was smart, I didn’t act smarter. I acted lazier, because I thought I was ahead. It made me less smart. If I were told that I’m completely qualified for a job, I might slack off during the interview. If I think today’s going to be a bad day, I come to school with low expectations that are easily surpassed, turning the day into a wonderful day. All the same, I believe the self-fulfilling prophecy is real, and it teaches me that I should have a positive outlook on life in order to succeed. Changing Your Self-Concept “Personal growth and self-improvement are a lifetime process.” I need to ponder on what other people say about me before I accept or decline it. My supervisor Ilse told me that I don’t use common sense. While I knew that she had more common sense than I did, I didn’t let her comment get to me, because I knew that I put deep, structured thought into everything I do. Along with this is not getting easily offended, because people will often criticize without knowing the upset they cause. I also need to expect those late night youtube binges, the number one habit of mine that I hate. If I expect them, I can stop running from them and actually handle them. I can’t help myself to change if I don’t accept myself. Central Message II: Presenting the Self: Communication as Identity Management Application/Validations: Public and Private Selves I don’t want people to know about my insecurities. This is part of my private self. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to open up about my big nose and my social apprehensions, to name two insecurities, because admitting secrets about one’s private self is the first step to improvement. Characteristics of Identity Management I am quite sure that I use a lot of mimicry when I’m talking to people. When someone says, “My dog died”, I don’t actually feel 2 sad. Ha. It wasn’t my dog! But I don’t like that they’re sad, so I express sympathy by making a sad face. Maybe as I get older, I will become empathetic enough to not have to fake it. Another example: I write way better when I think that my teacher will be reading my assignments. So teachers ought to at least pretend that they read their students’ work. Why Manage Identities? To start and manage relationships, to gain compliance of others, to save others’ face. My roommates and I save each other’s faces all the time, and it bugs me! Bad Sunday school lesson? We tell her it was good. Bad hair day? Nooo, you look cute! Gross cooking? Well, it’s not that bad. Boys rejecting her? Oh, they’re just intimidated by you. How Do We Manage Identities? Of all the methods listed, I focus on manner the most. I am too thrifty to really get into appearance or setting, and in order to preserve my sanity; I only worry about face-to-face impressions. Maybe I should change this. Because I am thrifty, I instantly like other people who appear thrifty, and dislike those who appear wealthy. Honestly, why must clothes be so expensive? Ah, because they’re beautiful. Thus we see the inner turmoil between thrifty and wealthy. Identity Management and Honesty I hide my feelings to make conversations run more smoothly. It can be really hard sometimes, but I resist the urge to yell at people. I hide my feelings for a goal of greater good. For example, I’d rather suffer in silence than tell my roommate when she’s being arrogant, because how could I tell her without breaking her heart? Such a dilemma. Value Statement: The most important lesson of this chapter is that acceptance of self and others leads to success. We are all imperfect, but we can’t hide from what we don’t like. We need to embrace and nourish our deficiencies. I hope that I can learn to be honest and tactful by having strong self-esteem and identity management. Key Words Cognitive Conservatism: When someone forms a self­concept, they begin  looking for evidences and actions that verify it. Face: The identity that a communicator is going for, in order to be socially  acceptable. (Save face) Identity Management: The strategies people use in order to develop their  desired face. Perceived Self: Our private self; what someone honestly believes himself to  be. 3 Personality: Derived of the traits that a person consistently exerts. Presenting self: Our public self; the person we want everyone to see. Reference groups: Groups of people we use for reference in order to figure  out who we are. Reflected appraisal: “The theory that a person’s self­concept matches the  way the person believes others regard him or her.”  Self­concept: How someone sees himself. Self­esteem: How someone measures his/her worth. Self­fulfilling Prophecy: When you believe something about yourself, you  change your behavior, thus making the belief a reality. Significant Others: Special individuals whose feedback has a strong impact  on one’s self­concept. Social Comparison: A self­evaluation derived from comparison to others.   4


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