Practicing healthy communication.

Part 1 Directions: Read the scenarios below. Take turns acting out how the two characters in each of the scenarios can use healthy communication skills to resolve the issues between them. Refer , to the "Five Tips" box on the right.

SCENARIO A: Words Can Hurt

After Friend 1 and Friend 2 have a fight, they act without thinking through the consequences.

Friend 1 is thinking: After we had a fight, my friend made up a bunch of stories about me and told some friends. To get even, I sent a text to all our friends saying bad things about him/her.

Friend 2 is thinking: My friend really disrespected me when we had a fight, and I needed to vent. I didn't mean for him/her to hear about it.

SCENARIO B: Risky Party

Friend 3 is invited to a party but Friend 4 thinks it's a bad idea to go.

Friend 3 is thinking: Dan invited me to a party at his house this weekend. I told my friend I couldn't wait to go, but he/she told me not to bother. I think he/she is jealous that I was personally invited.

Friend 4 is thinking: I saw pictures of Dan's last party online. There was alcohol--some people were passed out, others were doing things they were later embarrassed about, and I heard someone wrecked their parents' car. I think it would be smart to stay away.

Five Tips for Healthy Communication

  1. Stay in control of your feelings.

  2. Make eye contact.

  3. Pay attention to your gestures, facial expressions, and tone of voice (as well as other people's).

  4. Listen actively: Take turns talking, ask questions, and don't jump to conclusions.

  5. Use "I" statements to express your feelings.

    Part 2 Directions: Read the scenario below. On a separate sheet of paper, answer the following questions.

    SCENARIO C: Health Concerns/Drug Use

    Jenny and her older cousin Tina have been very close since Jenny can remember. Recently, Tina started hanging out with a new crowd that makes Jenny nervous. Today, Tina was acting...

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