The Interpersonal Relationship Between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

analytical Essay
2008 words
2008 words

This paper will explore the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and his companion and friend Dr. John Watson. What is the relationship between Holmes and Watson? Are they compatible or are their differences to great for them to overcome. Looking at how they work together will also be a key factor in how well the relationship works between the two of them. Do their own interests and abilities get in the way? Does the time period in which they live factor into the environment of their communication styles? There are several types of relational messages found in the film. For instance if your compare them of who is more empathic of the two them the answer would be Watson he is able to read and respond to peoples nonverbal cues(M. Coulson, 2004). Sherlock is cold and with drawn from people and the world around him. Watson on the other hand is engaged in the world around him and open to understanding others feelings and experiencing a persons situation. This also shows that between the two of them that John is the stronger of the two at communication Watson also shows a great deal of commitment towards keeping and improving his interpersonal relationships(Adler, Proctor, 2012). While Sherlock is the complete opposite he doesn't care whether or not he works on his commitment and is more concerned with his own personal agenda. Furthermore several of the communication problems that Holmes and Watson are faced with can be explained using the Transactional Communication Model (TCM). This model explains that people send and receive messages simultaneously and not in a back-and-forth manner( Adler, Proctor, 2012). The same model also explains that people occupy different environments which is the case with Sherlock and Watson. Nonverb... ... middle of paper ... ... By assuming he makes not only her feel uncomfortable but hows that he has problems with communicating in the correct manner. Reference list Adler, Ronald B., Judith A. Rolls, and Russell F. Proctor. LOOK: Looking Out, Looking in. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2012. Print. A. Sue Yoshi & D. M. Hardison (2005). “The Role of Gestures and Facil Cues in Second Language Listening and Comprehension.” Language Learning, 55, 661 M. Coulson (2004). “Attributing Emotions to Static Body Postures: Recognition Accuracy, Confusions,and Viewpoint Dependence.” Journal of Nonverbal Behavior Plutchik, Robert (1980), Emotion: Theory, research, and experience: Vol. 1. Theories of emotion, 1, New York: Academic Plutchik, Robert (2002), Emotions and Life: Perspectives from Psychology, Biology, and Evolution, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the transactional communication model (tcm) explains the communication problems that holmes and watson are faced with. sherlock is a troubled but brilliant detective who is socially awkward with people.
  • Analyzes how sherlock and watson are "ego boosters" in the film. they could have both benefited from using the perception checking method (pcm).
  • Analyzes how sherlock overanalyses everything and makes several assumptions towards mary thus making a fool of himself and upsetting her. the pillow talk method can be applied to several scenes in the film.
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