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Theories of studies that affect us
In a 6-8 page paper (not including title and reference pages), analyze a personal experience, a scene from a movie (or a book or a play), or from a current event through the lens of at least two of the theories discussed this semester. Before submitting, make sure to refer to the case study outline, rubric, sample case study, and the video lecture describing how to do a case study. Be sure to use at least 5 scholarly references. One should be the reading material.
FACE NEGOTIATION THEORY
I like to think of "face" as "self-esteem" or how someone's personhood is perceived by others. The theory uses the lens of intercultural communication, but I think this is applicable on a much broader scale. I think we have all experienced this. Most of our conflicts are truly face negotiations. I think a lot of times we don't necessarily care about the topic of the argument, but care about how the communication makes us feel and how it reflects on us. In other words, this theory is not about physical facial expressions. It is about how we feel about ourselves and how we think others feel about us. The struggle is when someone makes us feel lesser or when we think that they see us as something other than what we want. Sometimes we deal with that by bringing the other person down, but sometimes we deal with it by trying to make ourselves look better. You have probably known this for a long time, but just didn't have the name of the theory to go with the phenomenon.
We have all heard the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I would like to rephrase that as "power is in the eye of the beholder." Each person decides who has what power. It isn't something tangible. Let's talk about a work relationship. I am a non-permanent employee of McNeese. My supervisor is Ray Miles. Let's say he decided that he wanted me to use a textbook for this class. I obviously don't want to do that. I perceive that he has power over my actions because he is my supervisor. However, I can choose not to teach at McNeese. (This is not a real situation. This is just an example. Don't freak out.) At the point that I have choices, I have diminished his power over my actions. We all always have choices. As long as I perceive that I have a choice, we are the sole owners of the power. In every situation, we have a certain amount of power. We have the power of our emotional response. We have the power of how we decide to communicate. We have the power to decide to end a relationship, leave the situation, quit the job, revisit the discussion later, etc. We have the power of making choices. We have the power to weigh the consequences and the benefits of our responses to other people's actions. That is the only real, tangible power.
In a 6-8 page paper (not including title and reference pages), analyze a personal experience, a scene from a movie (or a book or a play), or from a current event through the lens of at least two of the theories discussed this semester. Before submitting, make sure to refer to the case study outline, rubric, sample case study, and the video lecture describing how to do a case study.