This writing assignment allows you to apply readings and classroom discussions to your own life, which, for this class, is essential. Communication in theory is important, but applied communication can help you make real changes for yourself and those around you. The Assignment: Write a response to the following prompt — based on your own experience with the applicable concept: Think about someone who is a very close or best friend. Describe the investments you and your friend have made in the relationship. Describe how you build and communicate trust, acceptance, and closeness. Are the dynamics of your friendship consistent with those identified by researchers as discussed in this chapter? Why or why not? Acceptable Length: This essay should be at least 300-350 words and be made up of clear introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.