Week 5 Case Study Interpersonal Communications

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Name: Betty Renteria
Submittal Date: 9/01/13
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Week 5 Case Study Questions

#1.) Relationships are dictated by the use of power of one or both individuals. What are the various forms of power and which type of power does Coach Johnson have with his team? The types of power are: interpersonal power , legitimate, referent power , expert power , reward power , coercive power. I believe Coach Johnson has coercive and legitimate power.

#2.) A turning point is a specific event or interaction that is associated with positive or negative changes in a relationship. In your opinion, what is the turning point for Gilbert in the initial situation? Do you think that is the same turning point for Coach Johnson? What can be the effect if each person in a relationship has a different turning point? I think the turning point for Gilbert was when he got a slow start and James started to take some of Gilbert's playing time. I also think it is the same turning point for Coach Johnson since he sees James putting more effort in than Gilbert. If each person in the relationship has a different turning point the effect could be that one would start to question the others change quickly where as if its together, the change can seem unnoticed for a while. #3.) Discuss the stages of relational de-escalation applying specifics of the case study to each stage’s description. The stages of relational de-escalation start with Gilbert is his turmoil of having a slow start followed by developing a poor attitude and not working hard every day to improve (deintesification). Individualization happens when he begins to bad mouth Coach Johnson. Separation occurs when Gilbert completely withdraws from the game and Coach Johnson and decides not to voice his opinions. Post-separation occurs when Gilbert loses out on being the star player and it goes to James because James is better at communicating and interacting with the team and coach. #4.) Explain social exchange...