Chapter 5 Outline - Chapter 5: Communicating...

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Chapter 5: Communicating Interpersonally 1. General Information Interpersonal communication is a process of using language and nonverbal cues to send and receive messages between individuals that are intended to arouse particular kinds of meanings o Interpersonal communication can be analyzed in the relationships between lovers, friends, family, and peers o Interpersonal communication is a dyad Two people in a in social relationship o As the relationship evolves, the individuals become closer and more intimate This chapter focuses on the relationship between lovers 2. Communicating in an Interpersonal Context A. Characteristics of interpersonal communication Begins with self o Self is the patterns of beliefs, meanings, and understanding each individual develops concerning their own personal characteristics, capacities, limitations and worth as a human being Who we are, what we are, and where we are o The significance of self-image is that who, what and where we think we are affects who we relate to communicate with others o People who are very different may or may not have the same set of beliefs about each other can create barriers to effective interpersonal communication Fully transactional o Interpersonal communication is based on the simultaneous transaction model
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Feedback and role-taking o Each party simultaneously influences the other’s behavior while being influenced in return Share physical proximity o Interpersonal communication takes place with people who are face- to-face o Being physically close, the communicators can increase their understanding of each other through feedback (verbal and nonverbal) Shaped by social roles o In interpersonal communication, we can’t rely only on the content o We also have to understand the nature of the social relationship between the two people The role that each is playing and how their roles are interrelated Uniquely irreversible o We have to be careful what we say to in our interpersonal relationships because we can never take those words back Not repeatable o We can’t relive past conservations B. Reasons for initiating maintaining relationships Constructing and maintaining a positive self image o In life, we chose to be around people that make us feel good about ourselves A normal person wants, needs, and enjoys a positive image
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course COMM 1113 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '08 term at The University of Oklahoma.

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Chapter 5 Outline - Chapter 5: Communicating...

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