The Office, known for largely for its comedic brilliance and the famous romance between Jim and Pam, also acts as a cultural artifact as it follows the development of their relationship. Through this essay, the interpersonal theory of Relational Dialectics and the intercultural theory of Genderlect communication will be analyzed with key moments from Jim and Pam’s relationship. Relational Dialectics will be used to analyze the interpersonal relationship between Jim and Pam, and the ways in which it develops and changes throughout the seasons. Genderlect will describe the different communication issues Jim and Pam have at different points throughout their relationship. Jim’s communication style as a man is vastly different than Pam’s as a woman, leading to confusion and occasional fights.
Parham, Christian J.
"Communication Theories in The Office: Relational Dialectics and Genderlect,"
Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research: Vol. 10, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/pjcr/vol10/iss1/7