Theories in Communication

Theories in Communication - Chapter 1 (Introduction to...

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Chapter 1 (Introduction to Studying Communication) Michael C. deGroot Comm. As a Liberal Art 08-27-08, 09-02-08, 09-04-08 Lecture Notes Communication and Human Behavior 1. Our ability to influence perceptions and behaviors through communications is the most significant behavior that characterizes us as human beings. 1. Early humans developed communication which empowered their organization abilities allowing them to overcome the Nethandrals. 2. We can stir action without physical forces 2. Our ability to communicate at higher levels than animals is what distinguishes us from other species. 1. Our ability to communicate is what makes us human. We take Communication for granted 3. Assume it’s a natural activity 1. Other majors assumed this, so they think, “Why study communication if its like eating?” 4. Only concern ourselves in terms of communication, when we fail to obtain our goals 1. It’s a learned behavior. 1
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Chapter 1 (Introduction to Studying Communication) 2. Ex. Romantic Relationship Process (Characterizes process: steps, analysis, formulating, goal accomplishments) of communication 5. HOW people communicate 1. Good speakers adapt their message – relevant examples 1. Can imagine how the receiver perceives the situation 2. Poor communicators never adapt their message. 1. Inability to image another person situations 3. People have different styles of communication – completive, humorous, accommodating. 4. Certain characteristics define successful communicators 6. WHY people communicate the way they do 1. Why do some people adapt their message while other stay static. 1. Personality attributes dictates communication strategy. 7. Outcomes of communication 1. Communication can affect our values, our behaviors and our emotions. 2. Certain interpersonal communication techniques increase relational satisfaction or relational dissatisfaction 3. Patterns of communication can lead to decreasd happiness or violence in relationships 4. Certain group communication strategies enable group problem solving skills. 5. Its hard to study communication because its dynamic change Why Study Communication? 2
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Chapter 1 (Introduction to Studying Communication) To understand social behavior Communication is the major means for social interaction By understanding communication, we understand social behavior. Social interaction occurs through communication To understand yourself Examining ourselves allows us to determine whether we exhibit positive or negative characteristics. To improve communication, we must know ourselves. To improve communication skills To prepare for a productive and rewarding career Examples of careers emphasizing communication (All fields requires people who known about communication) Politics, laws, diplomacy, social work, education, government, ministry, sports franchise. Some Disciples (e.g Psychology) claim to study communication
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