PLUMMER'S (Human Comm.) PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER: the FAMILY  [i.e the PPTR-F's]

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In Addition to the "Circumplex model"   & the other basic principles of Family Communication  mentioned in your text  (Beebe,/Chap12) , keep these additional 7 concepts in mind throughout our units & activities concerning the dynamics of  Family Relationships & Family Communication. 

More background for each of these will be discussed in class.


 

>1<  The FAMILY is probably the single most influential agent of ENCULTURATION & SOCIALIZATION in our lives. 

The family teaches us who we are & how we should  "be" in our society & in our surrounding culture/co-culture ( e.g. Mother; Mi Familia; Monsoon Wedding clips))

 

 

>2<  ALL families can be considered as FUNCTIONAL  and ALL families can be considered as DYSFUNCTIONAL. 

Since it operates as a system, the family has the ability to keep operating   (functional) although it may be operating with patterns that are  less-than-ideal or even harmful or unpleasant. (dysfunctional) ( e.g. all of the film clips) esp: Little Miss Sunshine [ & Wife Swap] ) 

 

 

>3<   In many ways,  The FAMILY  operates according to the principles of SYSTEMS.

Each family member brings his/her own elements to the table (e.g. attitudes, personality,  outside experiences, talents, etc)  {= INPUT factors}. As the people in the family interact, those input factors influence how they do things {= THROUGHPUT factors} As a result,  the members of the family as well as the family  itself come out of the interaction phase with tangible & intangible results, such as revised attitudes, revised self concepts, family accomplishments, traditions, values, etc {OUTPUT factors}.  ( e.g. Soul Food; Meet The Parents clips) [ Wife Swap] ) 

 

 

>4<   In many ways,  The FAMILY  operates according to the principles of CULTURE.

Each family can be characterized by its ELEMENTS / VALUES / CONTEXTS, just like any cultural group. ( e.g. Mi Familia; Soul Food; My B.F.G.W. clips))

 

 

>5<  Just as your cognitive patterns are shaped by the language you speak, your BIRTH ORDER can shape your DESTINY & WORLD VIEW.  ( e.g. Big Night; My B.F.G.W. clips)
 

 

 

>6<  For contemporary definitions of The FAMILY, think small "f ".

For many people their family-of-origin does not necessarily serve their "family roots" functions. ( e.g. Breakfast Club; As Good as it Gets; Friends; Entourage; Big Bang Theory clips)

 

 

 

>7< You are always your PARENTS' CHILD (e.g. Everybody Loves Raymond clip & NYT article: Rules for when the Chicks Return to the Nest-3/9/12)

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary:

 

 

 

 

"Selling one Yard at a time." 

 

"Selling one Yard at a time."

 

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>1<  The FAMILY is probably the single most influential agent of ENCULTURATION & SOCIALIZATION & homeostasis in our lives. 

team W will follow up

also ( e.g.  Mi Familia; Monsoon Wedding ; Mother [incl. "double bind"];clips)

 

 

 

 

 

ALBERT BROOKS + RESOCIALIZATION  +  MOTHER  = ____________???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>2<  ALL families can be considered as FUNCTIONAL  and ALL families can be considered as DYSFUNCTIONAL. 

 

Team V will follow up

also: ( e.g. all of the film clips - esp: Little Miss Sunshine [ & Wife Swap] [Ozzie & Harriet - ????] )  August: Osage County

 

 

 

 

 

 

>3<   The FAMILY  operates according to the principles of SYSTEMS . [ also contributes to Homeostasis]

 

Teams Y & Z will follow up

also:  Systems theory slide ( e.g. Soul Food; Meet The Parents clips  [ Wife Swap] ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>4<   The FAMILY  operates according to the principles of CULTURE.  

<ELEMENTS / VALUES / CONTEXTS>

 

 

team W will follow up

 

also: ( e.g. Mi Familia; Soul Food clips)) (NB: VALUES shape Gender roles { My B.F.G.W} )

 

 

 

 

 

 

>5<   BIRTH ORDER can shape your DESTINY & WORLD VIEW. 

 

 

Team Y & Z will follow up

 

also: e.g. Big Night,  Mother ; My B.F.G.W.clips)

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>6<  For contemporary definitions of The FAMILY, think small "f"_. ( Voluntary Kin [ "fictive"])

 

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Team V will follow up

 

also:  (e.g. Breakfast Club ;  As Good as it Gets ;  Friends ; Entourage ; Big Bang Theory clips)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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>7< You are always your PARENT'S CHILD. 

 

all Teams

 

also: (e.g. Everybody Loves Raymond clip) (NYT article: Rules for when the Chicks Return to the Nest-3/9/12)

 

 

 

AND... BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THESE BASIC FAMILY "DYNAMICS" (from your text & other classes):

types/configurations

models: communication patterns & circumplex

(ideal) communication skills

internal-relationships: partners / parent-child / siblings

life stages

 

 

 

 

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