Lesson 9: The Wedding & the Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships

In lesson nine, we will examine the dynamics of interpersonal communication. You will nimg_2733.jpgeed to be familiar with:

  • The reasons we form relationships
  • Knapp’s Relational Development model
  • Dialectical Perspectives model
  • Four dimensions of intimacy

You can learn more about these concepts in Interplay. Read through the information, be familiar with these concepts, then watch episode 107 of Outlander on Starz, or read the second half of chapter 12 through chapter 16 of Outlander (or both!). You may even want to make notes about the concepts and how they are depicted in the episode.

Then, answer one or more of these questions in the comments below:

  1. What are some of the reasons we forms relationships?  How do the reasons apply to Claire and Jamie’s relationship?
  2. Explain Claire and Jamie’s relationship based on Knapp’s Relational Development model. In which stage do we find Claire and Jamie in episode seven?
  3. Explain Claire and Jamie’s relationship based on the dialectical Perspectives model of relationships.
  4. How are the four dimensions of intimacy represented in the episode? How have you seen these dimensions in previous episodes?
  5. (Bonus question) An extra resource in this chapter of Interplay contains information of the Five Love Languages. Which love languages do Claire and Jamie “speak?” How does this affect their interpersonal communication and relationship?

I look forward to seeing your answers and comments on this lesson.

Thank you for participating!

Our next lesson: Both Sides Now and Communication Climate

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