3.4 The Communication Zone Work File
In this activity, you will identify personal communication barriers you may use in relationships, explore characteristics of healthy relationships and issues connected to teen dating violence.
Section A. Read and identify the manner in which you communicate.
|· I express my feelings easily.
· I am asked to speak more loudly or more clearly.
· I discuss my problems instead of blaming others.
· I look for nonverbal meanings behind words said.
· I use the silent treatment when I’m upset.
· I boast or exaggerate when I tell a story about myself.
· I find it difficult to talk with people in authority.
|· I have trouble expressing myself when I am emotional.
· I speak overly loud to get attention or make a point.
· I like to argue rather than discuss.
· I use hand gestures when I speak.
· When I am angry, I speak with actions more than words.
· I criticize others to make myself look good.
· I “tune-out” (stop listening) when I feel I know what is being said.
· I am distracted by sights and sounds when others are speaking to me.
Review the list of 15 communication methods above. Select 3 positive and 3 negative methods of communication and explain how the results of each affect your health: (18 points)
Section B. Using the information from the activity above, complete the assignment below.
- List at least 3 communication roadblocks that you use. You must include the communication roadblock names that you learned in lesson 3.3. (9 points) Example: tuning out
- Interview your parent/guardian and ask them: “What are some obstacles I use that hinder effective communication between you and me?” (6 points)
What practical steps can you take to overcome your personal communication barriers? (List 3 steps.) (9 points) Be sure to be proactive for example…To become a better listener, I will look at the person speaking, turn off music, TV or other distractions, I will repeat what I hear by using active listening skills.
Answer in complete sentences using proper spelling and grammar.
- Define teen dating violence and include details about the abuse of power in a relationship. (10 points)
- Select at least two warning signs of abuse. Think about interactions you have seen take place between teens at school, or elsewhere, and explain what you believe could have been warning signs exhibited by one of the teens. (16 points)
- Select at least two characteristics of a healthy relationship that you believe are most important. Explain your viewpoint about what makes them so important. (16 points)
- Select at least two digital communication strategies you can control to protect yourself. Explain why you chose them and how they can safeguard you if you feel like someone is trying to cause you harm. (16 points)