All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest—never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.
—Ann Landers, advice columnist
The climate, or tone and mood, of a communication event is tied very closely to conflict in an interpersonal relationship. Certainly, if there is conflict, it can darken the mood of an event. But conflict can also be a very good thing for relationships. As Ann Landers notes, a good battle can be healthy, and can lead to a better climate for constructive communication.
In this final week of the course, you will synthesize your learning from the past five weeks, as well as delve deeper into interpersonal relationships and look at how the climate of communication and conflict between those in a relationship can affect the relationship as a whole. Keep in mind, however, that this is just the beginning of your journey.
Interpersonal communication is a skill set that can be improved upon over a lifetime, and it only gets better with practice. Take pride in what you have accomplished over these weeks and anticipate the future you can have through effective interpersonal communication.
This week, you will complete the sixth and final milestone and submit your Final Project.
Jenkinson, P. (2014, June 3). Communication Climates: Jack Gibb. Retrieved from
Laureate Education. (Producer). (2016f). Climate and conflict [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.
Have you noticed any changes in your interpersonal communication style and skills since Week 1 of this course? If you can name even one element of your communication habits that has changed, then you are already experiencing the impact of interpersonal communication.
One factor that can easily change an interpersonal interaction is the climate of the interaction. One minute things can be comfortable and easy, and the next someone does or says something that makes the situation feel uncomfortable and tense. The implications of disconfirming behaviors is the topic of this Discussion.
Post by Day 3, 1–2 paragraphs that address the following:
Have you noticed any changes in your interpersonal communication style and skills since Week 1 of this course? If you can name even one thing that has changed, then you are already experiencing the impact of interpersonal communication.
For your assignment this week, you will be looking at your growth as an Interpersonal Communicator. You will be asked to look back at all you have learned this term and think about your own strengths and weaknesses as an Interpersonal Communicator.
Write a 1-2 page paper that address the following:
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