Goal: The goal of this assignment is to write a well thought
out paper about how people react to intimate communication.
Course Objective(s): CO 2, 3, & 4
For your Reaction Paper, you have two options. Please review
them carefully to ensure you choose the one from which you will benefit most.
Note that each option must be written in essay format (do not answer the
questions in a question/answer format).
The essay must include a clear introduction (including a thesis), body
and conclusion in APA format. The sample
paper attached to the assignment details provides a clear example of the
formatting and paper expectations for this assignment.
The focus of this
option is our secondary text, Confusing Love with Obsession. Your paper should
be at least five pages (roughly 1,250 words) in length. in length. While
additional sources or references are not required for this assignment, you must
use the selected source to support your argument (i.e, cite the selected sources in your
paper). If you choose to quote, paraphrase, or summarize additional sources
(including the texts), you must document
them in APA format. Your paper must have a references page.
These are the questions/points to consider to which you
should respond in your reaction paper:
1.Using sociologist John Alan Lee's love styles (refer to
pages 261- 263 of Intimate Relationships, and pay special attention to Table
8.7 'Styles of Loving' found on the top of page 262) from chapter eight of
"Intimate Relationships", what is the predominant love style for most
of the characters presented in the book, Confusing Love with Obsession.
2.What character if any did you identify with most from the
book? This can be either yourself or someone you know.
3.Briefly outline the characteristics of the Obsessive Love
Wheel at each stage of the wheel.
4.After reading the book, what knowledge did you gain about
This option allows you to choose from a selection of several
chapters of books by scholar Deborah Tannen that are available electronically
from the APUS library. As with the other option, your paper should be at least
five pages (roughly 1,250 words) in length. Additional sources or references
are not required for this assignment, but if you quote, paraphrase, or
summarize a source (including the reading or the text), you must document it
following APA format.
These are the questions/points to ponder that you can use to
develop your reaction paper, but feel free to ask yourself additional
questions. Remember that this paper should give your reaction to what you have
read, meaning you may agree, disagree, or both. However, you cannot merely say
you agree. You must explain why clearly.
•After reading the selection you have chosen, think about
either your own situation that reflects the subject of the reading or about
situations with which you are familiar, or both. You should not use full names
or real people, please! It is preferable to give people aliases rather than use
•Outline some of the characteristics of the communication
situations described and analyzed in the reading.
•Did you identify with the people and situations in the
selection? How? If not, how do you engage differently in interpersonal
communication in similar situations to the ones described and analyzed?
•After reading the selection, what knowledge did you gain
about interpersonal communication in general?
Here is the selection of readings:
Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends (2005)
Read Chapters Two, Three, and Four
Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American
Deborah Tannen, Shari
Kendall, and Cynthia Gordon, eds.
Read Chapter 1 plus any other chapter, 2-11
Gender and Discourse (1994)