Interpersonal Effectiveness Handout 2
Goals of Interpersonal Effectiveness
Getting what you want , getting your wishes taken seriously
It is important to remember that no one is able to get everything they want from others all of the time. Some environments are "similarly impervious" to even the most skilled individuals. Increased interpersonal skills will increase your probability of getting your objectives met, but they are not a guarantee. In situations where it is impossible to get what you want, distress tolerance and radical acceptance become important interpersonal skills.
When have you used really good skills, but did not receive what you wanted?
"The art of maintaining or even improving an interpersonal relationship while you try to get what you want. When this works well, you will get what you want, and the person may like or respect you even more than before."
Sometimes your main goal is to get the other person to approve of you more, stop criticizing or rejecting you, stay with you. In this case relationship effectiveness refers to choosing a way to do this (improve the relationship) that does not do damage to the relationship in the long term.
It is also important to remember that you have to balance relationship goals with the other two type of goals. Continually sacrificing your goals for the sake of the relationship won't guarantee that the relationship will go smoothly, approval will ever be forthcoming and no problems will arise. The key problem with this approach is that it just doesn't work.
Relationship begins person sacrifices needs and wants to keep the relationship frustration and unmet needs, huge inequities relationship ends: big fight, partner walks out or you leave the relationship in frustration
Relationship begins difficult situations dealt with unmet needs assessed inequity assessed big issue addressed
Self-respect effectiveness involves maintaining or improving your good feeling about yourself and respecting your own values or beliefs, while you try to get what you want. It includes: acting in ways that fit your sense of morality and acting in ways that make you feel competent.
Things that diminish self-respect over the long term:
When have you done things that reduced your own self-respect?
Using the three types of effectiveness
2. Best friend wants to come over and discuss problem, you are tired and want to go to sleep
3. You want a raise, your boss wants sex in return.