HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Self-Concept Prompt #1

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I believe that knowing the kind of media that a person enjoys can reveal a lot about them. Of course, it is also true that many people may enjoy the same content for different reasons, and thus, may have two completely different views. However, understanding what someone likes and why they like it can help you understand their train of thought, possible morals or values, or how they might perceive something. For example, my YouTube feed consists of many different kinds of videos about different hobbies. This mostly implies that I like trying out different things on my free time. I don’t watch much TV other than the news because I don’t really care about modern trends and reality shows. I have a pretty broad, yet immature sense of humor. I browse reddit day to day with all kinds of different threads, not really centered on any one kind of topic. Other than TV, I watch mostly anime because it has humor that can’t be replicated in other shows (like amusing faces or reactions), and it also has a broad range of genres to choose from. I like pretty much all genres except for drama. My music tastes, unlike the rest of my preferred media, is rather specific. I listen mostly to rock music, but I listen to some electronic. Most modern mainstream music I don’t particularly care for like pop or rap, and I assume that to be because I have a fairly reserved personality. I’m not very social, never mind a party goer. That being said, party music is not up my alley. Rock music is generally laid back and calming, so it works well for me. Rock probably stands out to me also because I really enjoy when it sounds like an artist has a lot of passion for what they do. The passion more or less inspires me to get something done. When I want energy, I usually listen to some Eurobeat to get myself up and around. Personally, the media doesn’t really influence how I see myself. Sure, it may set up expectations for what “good looking” might be, but at the end of the day, if you can’t connect with the people around you, then looks are the last thing you should be concerned about. More than anything else though, I think it’s important that people care for themselves first. There came a point some time ago where I stopped caring about what others thought of me. After all, it’s not MY obligation to impress others. To be a kind person, sure, but not to impress. That goes for media too. I just do what works for me because it makes life just that much easier.

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