In this assignment, you will analyze a problematic relationship you have had or one you have observed. (If you don’t wish to share a real relationship, you may use one from a book, movie, or television program.) Try to create a pragmatic description of the communication interaction that took place. That is, describe it as if it were a game; perhaps a game that only one of you seems to know the rules.

Please specifically include the following:

1. Name the game

2. Provide a brief description of the problematic relationship.

3. List the ground rules for the game.

4. Identify the “plays” in the game – that is the repeated patterns of “moves” that the individuals act out.

5. Respond to two reflection questions: What insights does seeing this as a game give you? Now that you have identified the game, what suggestions can you make for improving the relationship?


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