Purpose: To have each student assess the type of person he or she prefers in various situations; to demonstrate that relationship needs differ from situation to situation.
1- Write three want ads (of the singles magazine variety) advertising for people to fill three different types of relationship vacancies in their lives. The student should also describe him/herself in each of the ads.
a. Advertise for a person with whom you wish to establish a working relationship.
b. Advertise for a person with whom you wish to have a friendship.
c. Advertise for a person with whom you would like to develop a long term spousal relationship.
2- Compile two lists; one that shows characteristics which are uniform in all three ads and one that indicates which characteristics are distinct from one ad to another.
How do the ads reflect your goals for each of these relationships?
What role does impression management play in these ads? Do you present the same self for each of the ads?
What does the exercise tell you about yourself? Any surprises?
3 – Report your responses to the questions and include the ads.