Develop a Research Plan

The goal of my research was to establish the effect of the emotion anger on interpersonal communication. To accomplish this goal, I created a survey comprising of 10 questions that I circulated among 10 young adults (5 men and 5 women) and was successfully able to draw a connection with the emotion and its effects.

The questions included in the survey were:

  1. How intensely do you feel the emotion “Anger” most times ? 1- 5 (1 being very mildly and 5 being very aggressively)
  2. Do you allow your emotions to cloud your judgement, especially when you’re angry? Yes or No
  3. Do you feel the words you choose to communicate are influenced by your emotion, especially when you’re angry? Yes or No
  4. You find it very hard to forgive someone who has done you wrong 1-5 (1 being least likely and 5 being most likely)
  5. When someone hurts or frustrates you, you want to get even 1-5 (1 being least likely and 5 being most likely)
  6. You have had trouble continuing an interpersonal relationship due to your bad temper 1-5 (1 being least likely and 5 being most likely)
  7. Are you constantly critical of others in your mind and thoughts? Yes or No
  8. What response below best describes you when you feel the emotion “Anger”: I keep my emotions to myself, I share my emotions with my family, I share my emotions only with my friends, I share my emotions with family and friends and I consult a specialist
  9. Which factor is most likely to be the cause of your anger?
  10. What is the best remedy you use to control your anger?

From the responses I received, I was able to gather that anger is a common emotion felt intensely by these individuals who are between the ages of 20-35 and is most aggressively felt by men than women. It was also found that even though majority of the responses showed no trouble of continuing relationships due to a bad temper, 58.3% let their judgements be clouded by their emotion and a 100% agreed to allowing the words they communicate to be influenced by their emotion which can be concluded that the emotion anger has a significant impact on interpersonal communication. A significant statistic gathered from this survey is the majority of those who responded close to most likely for being unable to forgive someone who has done someone wrong easily. This shows the how a continuous form of anger could play a role in affecting a relationship.

Moreover, in response to how individuals deal with this emotion, it was found that 66.7% keep their emotion to themselves while 25% only share their emotion with their friends.

Drawing from the responses received, it could be concluded that majority of individuals who feel this emotion intensely have the tendency to deal with it inwardly which could contribute greatly to the build up of this emotion and then having effect on their interpersonal communications with others.

Develop a Research Plan

The goal of my research is to discover whether or not millenials, the ones most susceptible to the dangers of toxic love, are aware of the problem. To get my answer, I will prepare a brief 10 question survey that I will pass out to 10 people, 5 men and 5 women, to fill out. These 10 individuals will be surveyed on the El Camino College Campus since the majority of the institution’s student body are comprised of those in the millennial generation. Once compiled, I will asses their answers to see if there is any correlation by gender as I feel that women, being more intuitive especially as it relates to their emotions, will outperform the men in their awareness of love versus infatuation and the dangers of toxic love.

Following are the questions I chose from my survey and the results, in percent, for both my male and female groups:

Women

  1. Circle the words that best describes your definition of Love:
  2. Intense affection for someone (40%)
  3. Deep interest or pleasure in someone (60%)
  4. Great romantic or sexual attachment to someone (0%)
  5. Is infatuation also a form of love? Y or N (40% YES, 60% NO)
  6. Have you ever been in love? Y or N (100%)
  7. How intense do you feel love? (1 being the lowest)

a. 1            b. 2                  c. 3                  d. 4 (40%)                    e. 5 (60%)

  • Can you love multiple people at the same time? Y or N (100% YES)
  • Do you express love Physically or Verbally? (40% PHYSICALLY, 60% VERBALLY)
  • Does loving someone affect your communication with them? Y or N (100% YES)
  • Can love be toxic? Y or N (80% YES, 20% NO)

Men

  1. Circle the words that best describes your definition of Love:

a. Intense affection for someone (40%)

  1. b. Deep interest or pleasure in someone (60%)
  2. Great romantic or sexual attachment to someone (0%)
  3. Is infatuation also a form of love? Y or N (40% YES, 60% NO)
  4. Have you ever been in love? Y or N (60% YES, 40% NO)
  5. How intense do you feel love? (1 being the lowest)

a. 1 (20%)   b. 2                  c. 3 (20%)                    d. 4 (20%)                    e. 5 (40%)

  • Can you love multiple people at the same time? Y or N (60% YES, 40% NO)
  • Do you express love Physically or Verbally? (80% PHYSICALLY, 20% VERBALLY)
  • Does loving someone affect your communication with them? Y or N (80% YES, 20% NO)
  • Can love be toxic? Y or N (80% YES, 20% NO)

There were many combinations of answers to these questions which made mining for data to use hard, however, the standout group that warrants a deeper study into this is the women. 60% of the women surveyed all shared commonalities that surprised me beyond my initial thoughts. Of the 5 women I survey a consistent 60% reported to have been in love. I find this interesting because in the previous question I ask the participants to circle the words that best describes the definition of love. In the same definition that this 60% of of women chose, I defined love as a deep interest or pleasure in someone. I find this interesting, for as human beings with varying likes and dislikes, we constantly change what we are interested in or take pleasure in. Whether food, activities or objects, we are constantly learning and changing and our tastes reflect and so for that 60% to find their definition love in that answer surprised me. This 60 % had also reported to have fallen in love. This, for me, could reflect how inconsistent love is as the criteria for love isn’t as set apart as an emotion as one would think. Especially coming from a group who are more intuitive with their emotions, I find these results interesting as it seems the men, collectively, have more individuality to their results that don’t support a trend.

Develop a Research Plan

With this research I intended to discover if pride effects a persons communication. I intent to conduct a survey with a list of four questions at my local mall. I intend to conduct this survey during the morning, my rationale there is maybe people have a little coffee in their system which makes them more responsive. I intend to involve 6 people, 3 men and 3 women from any age group. I suspect the mall doesn’t like people using their premises to conduct a survey but I didn’t get their permission. The answers to the questions are set from a 1 to 10 scale, after the survey is done I intend to see if there’s a pattern in the scales.

Conduct & Compile Research

My survey consisted of four questions

  • Do you have good communication skills? 1-10
  • Do you allow pride to affect your communication? 1-10
  • How intensely do you feel pride? 1-10
  • Would you consider yourself open to criticism? 1-10
  • Person 1. 3, 7, 3, 9 Male age 25
  • person 2. 10, 0, 8, 9 Male age 32
  • person 3. 10, 5, 7, 0 Male age 31
  • person 4. 9, 1, 3, 7 women age 52
  • person 5. 10, 0, 10, 10 girl age 12
  • person 6. 8, 2, 5, 7 women age 27

I was expecting that if the number in question 2 was high then the answer in question 4 would be small based on the research I did. But no one in the survey except person one admitted to allowing pride to affect his communication. And even he said he was open to criticism even though he allowed pride to affect his communication. The only other conclusion I can draw is that even though these people felt pride intensely for the most part it didn’t shape their communication with others.