Attraction   in Interpersonal Relationships

Attraction   in Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 7 addresses various elements that attract us to other people when we first enter a relationship. It might be just one thing that we like about another person or it could be several things.
Prepare: As you prepare to write this discussion post, take a few moments to do the following:

  • Read the writing      prompt below in its entirety.      Notice that there are two tasks:
    1. Identify what attracts you to       others, based on one of the attraction theories covered by Bevan &       Sole.
    2. Share an example of friendship       you had that did not start off on solid ground, and explain what       happened.
  • Review Chapter 7 in the course      text. Focus especially on the section on attraction theory and identify      what attracts you to others.
  • Begin with a solid explanation      of attraction theory as described in our text. Then, use that theory to      think through what attracts you to others. Do not forget to share an      example from your own experience.
  • Review the grading rubric.

Reflect: Take time to reflect on how we are attracted to others and what role communication plays in this process. Think about the role of first impressions and how they influence final friendship outcomes.
Write: Based on attraction theory (outlined in our text), address the following:

  • What do you look for in other      people when you first meet them? This could be a potential romantic      partner or even a platonic friend. List as many qualities as you can think      of and how they are related to what you’ve learned in this class about      communication.
  • Relate your personal experience      to attraction theory (Section 7.3), as described in our text.
  • Share an example of a time when      you developed a friendship/relationship with someone whom you did not get      along with at first. What initially attracted you to the person?       What changed for you?

Thoroughly address all three elements of this prompt by writing at least two to three sentences on each element. Use the course readings at least once to help you make your points. Consider copying and pasting these tasks into a word file and addressing each of them separately.
Your initial response should be 200-300 words in length and is due by Thursday, Day 3.