Spring 08 Midterm Study Guide

Spring 08 Midterm Study Guide - Prof. Tamara Arrington COM...

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Prof. Tamara Arrington COM 252 Interpersonal Communication Midterm Study Guide Spring 2008 From Ch. 1 and related lectures/class discussions Principles of Interpersonal Communication Involves a process of adjustment Every message has both a content and relational level of meaning Relationships maybe viewed as symmetrical or complementary What is communication? The interchange of thoughts or opinions through shared symbols Be able to articulate what we mean by creation of meaning, symbolic nature of communication, that communication is a process, that communication is functional, systematic, interactional and transactional. Communication- the interchange of thoughts or opinions through shared symbols. Communication is: both verbal and nonverbal, symbolic, a process, functional, systemic, interaction, and transactional Transactional- a dynamic process that the participants create through their interactions ex) one cant be a leader without others willing to follow Definition & Elements of Interpersonal Communication Quantitative definition- approach that defines interpersonal com. As any interaction between two people (dyad) Qualitative definition- approach interpersonal com. Occurs when people treat 1 another as unique individuals regarless of the number of people and the context in which it occurs Elements Uniqueness, irrepaceability (can’t be replaced) Interdependence ( relationship is connected) Disclosure What needs are met via communication and how? Physical- more com in ones life the better their physical health Identity Needs- we learn who we are Social- principle way relationships are created Practical- communication is a tool to function throughout life What is meant by the statement “Meanings are in people, not in words”? People interpret the meanings of words differently then others, I love you has many diff meanings to diff people Myths/Misconceptions of Communication (from class exercise as well as text) Com will solve all of our problems, we need more com, com can break down, all com seeks understanding, com is a good thing, meanings are in words, com is a natural ability,
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Prof. Tamara Arrington What makes a relationship “personal” as opposed to “impersonal” (what are the criteria)? Personal- the interaction is personal, its unique, there is interdependence, there is self-disclose, intrinsic rewards Interpersonal- people seek pay offs that have little to do with people involved Face to face vs. CMC What are the two criteria for communication competence and what are the characteristics of a competent communicator? Effective and appropriate, Effective without appropriateness, might satisfy your goals but leave others unhappy, Appropriateness without effectiveness might leave others content but you frustrasted What distinguishes a social relationship from a personal relationship (Steve Duck)? Explain the claim that “we all need to communicate”.
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