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Communication - Chapter 6 Notes

Communication - Chapter 6 Notes - Chapter 6 Interpersonal...

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Chapter 6 – Interpersonal Communication September 8, 2006 Interpersonal Communication INterpersoanl communication is the most frequently used and arguabl the most important form of communication. If interpersonal communication goes wrong, our friendships, our marriages, and in many cases our professional lives go wrong as well. In a sense all communication is interpersonal, because all communication occurs between people The term interpersonal communication is generally reserved for two-person, dyadic communication Who Do We Like? People who re similar to us People who are attractive Physically Psychologically Characteristics of Dyadic Communication The first characteristic that distinguishes the dyadic context from other communication contexts is directness Dyadic communication is more immediate than other forms of communication, instant feedback Compared to other kinds of communication, dyadic communication is the most spontaneous In dyads roles of speaker and listener are freely exchanged Rules Governing Interpersonal Communication Cultural level rules are the most general; they apply to all members of a particular culture Sociological level roles: Are tied to group membership and are used when people
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