How to Complete the Journal
- Answer each of the following questions using complete sentences.
- Be sure to answer each question completely and work to incorporate material from the text, course exercises, and discussions.
- Answers must integrate course terminology and personal experience.
- All journals must be submitted on Canvas.
- Please use the following format to type your responses following each question. Review the Chapter Journal Grading Rubric.
Your text presents several Influences on Perception (Access to Information, Physiological, Cultural Differences, & Social Roles). Explain each influence and include an example of when you have observed those influences in your perception.
Enhance your cognitive complexity by applying the “pillow method’ in a significant disagreement. Explain how your expanded view of this situation might affect your communication with the other(s) involved.
Select one disagreement or other issue that is now affecting an interpersonal relationship. It’s always better to choose an actual disagreement you are literally experiencing or that you have experienced that is unresolved. This is not a global or political disagreement. This is something between you and someone else.
- This might be as issue such as “I think our children should go to private school; my spouse want them to go to private school
- A disagreement such as “I think voting for a third party helps democracy in our country; my friend thinks it undermines democracy by drawing votes away from the two major parties.”
- Record enough background information for an outsider to understand your stance on the issue.
- Who is involved?
- What are the basic issues involved?
- Describe the issue from each of the four positions listed below.
Steps in the Pillow Method
Position 1: “I’m right and you’re wrong.”
- Explain how you are right and the other person is wrong.
Position 2: “You’re right and I’m wrong.”
- Explain how the other person’s position is correct, or at least understandable.
Position 3: “We’re both right and we’re both wrong.”
- Show that there are both correct (or understandable) and mistaken (or unreasonable) parts of both positions.
Position 4: “The issue may be less important than it seems; some other thinks may be more important.”
- Describe at least two ways in which the elements developed in position 1-3 might affect your relationship.
- Describe at least one way in which the issue might be seen as more important than it was originally.
- Explain how there is some truth in each of the preceding positions.
- Explain how viewing the issue from each of the proceeding positions might change your perception of the issue and how it might change your behavior in the future.
- Explain how this issue and your understanding of it affect your relationship.
Your text describes a “perception checking statement.” Identify and explain each of the parts of a perception checking statement.
Describe at least three situations that you have experienced when you think using perception-checking statements could have been useful.
Write a perception checking statement for one of the situations listed above.