Assignment:
Life, Animated
Watch the documentary Life, Animated. Write a 1-2 page response paper on communication principles/theories/concepts demonstrated in the film. Below are some topics that we have already learned about from Chapters 1-4 that may trigger ideas. You may also jump ahead in the textbook and use any other relevant concepts.
To get you thinking:
How did you respond to the film? To Owen? To his family?
How did Owen/his family unlock the ability to communicate? How can we apply these ideas to everyday communication with others? With or without disabilities?
What do you know about the autism spectrum?
How did the therapist relate to Owen?
Why did Owen identify with sidekicks?
Cornelia and Ron discussed what it means to have a meaningful life. What did you think when they said that?
What metaphors did you notice (for Owen, his family, or yourself)?
Owen’s parents used words like “vanish” and “kidnap” when describing Owen’s condition. What do you think about their choice of wording?
How did the film itself communicate its message(s)? What is/are the message(s)?
interpersonal communication
dyadic
meta-communication
communication competence
self-awareness
self-monitoring
family and self
hidden and revealed self
self-disclosure
attachment style
face
perception
organization
schemata
attributions
uncertainty reduction
ingroupers/outgroupers
Gestalts
algebraic impressions
empathy
world-mindedness
perception-checking
emotions
emotion-sharing
blended emotions
display rules
emotional intelligence
managing emotions
encounter avoidance/structuring
supportive communication

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