PYB007 Week 1 Lecture 1 Notes.docx

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Queensland University of Technology
Zoe Hazelwood

Lecture 1 - Week 1 Notes PYB007 – Interpersonal Processes and Skills Conversational skills, ranging from the light hearted to the heavy (e.g. telling a parent their child is dying; providing support in a health environment). Communication is essential in both regular professional roles and personal life. Think about the kinds of communication that will be involved within the working role, and depending on the profession, the kinds of things that would be required of you in relation to communication skills. Also, what kinds of things could perhaps go wrong as a result of poor communication skills? Think about the kind of situations in which a person may actually not be able to communicate, and how that would affect the situation? Reflect on the importance of keeping constant communication whether or not you are able to physically speak. Constant communication with other people helps keeps the suffering of solitude away. An example may be the non-verbal communication between prisoners through developing Morse code by tapping through walls to maintain a sane connection and keeping strength. Health Facts (Adler & Towne, 2003) Why is it important to have people to communicate with?  A lack of communication and social relationships jeopardizes coronary health to such an extent that rivals cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and a lack of physical activity  Those without strong social ties are two to three times more likely to die from a heart disease than those who have a sense of connection with others  The rates of all types of cancer is as much as five times higher for divorced men and women compared to married couples, due to the stress placed upon the sudden loss and lack of a strong relational ties  Divorced men under the age of 70 die from heart disease, cancer and strokes at double the rate of married men  Three times as many die from hypertension, five times as many commit suicide, seven times as many die from cirrhosis of the liver, ten times as many die from tuberculosis  Socially isolated people are four times more susceptible to colds and common flu than those with active social lives *At this point, it should be noted that these facts and statistics are now nine years old and may be potentially outdated compared to attitudes of today. (Such as understanding the importance of keeping tog
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