Day 15 – Communication Concepts a la Reality TV

Summer reality TV is here which means… Big Brother and So You Think You Can Dance are on in my house (well, it’s really more like my room since my husband is not a huge fan of either and I typically watch them alone. Either way, I am happy)! Big Brother is a recent addition to my DVR list.. one I have resisted for years. In fact this summer I had to be convinced on more than one occasion by a friend to check out the show. So I made the decision to commit to watching for one week… and now I am hooked.

Since I have decided now that I’m a regular viewer, I might as well try to glean some positive personal growth concepts from it.

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Here goes…

Big Brother is fascinating. In case you haven’t seen the show, here’s what takes place: a group of strangers are selected to live in a house together. The players couldn’t be more different. They participate in competitions and strategize to kick people out until one person is left and named the winner of the game.

The key word in all of this is strategy. Players form alliances with one another and stab each other in the back constantly. The relationships are superficial for the most part and the players just use each other in whatever ways they can in order to remain in the game.

Personally, I don’t think I could ever be on a show like this. I have a hard time being fake nice and using other people (call me crazy)!

I think the takeaway for me, as I observe the relationships on this show, is that honesty and sincerity are two of the most important ingrediants in strong relationships. This, of course, goes along with what Nailah shared yesterday in her guest post “Building Relationships through Honest Communication.”

We all yearn for something real. We search for truth. And yet so often, to conform to societal expectations, to be popular, to be loved, to be (insert whatever else) we act fake. We participate in relationships that only serve to help us achieve, but aren’t genuine. We lose sight of who we really are and become clouded by what we want to attain. Sadly, real life often resembles a game where our main objective is to win, no matter who we step on along the way.

So my encouragement via Big Brother is: Foster genuine relationships where backstabbing and dishonesty do not exist. Communicate openly with people and although you may not always “win the game” you can sleep peacefully at night knowing that when someone tells you they’ll be there for you no matter what, they actually mean it! And they can be confident knowing you will do the same for them!

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