Lecture Notes - Interpersonal Communications Centrality of...

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Interpersonal Communications January 16, 2007 Centrality of Communication I. Centrality of Communication II. Importance of the First Exchange III. Why do people Meet and Talk? A. Proximity -We meet people, and are more attracted to people we are closer too B. Appearance -Generally more attracted to attractive people C. Utility -Meet people that might have some beneficial use to you D. Loneliness -We need to get to meet new people, solitary will drive us crazy IV. Why do we say what we do? A. Managing an Impression B. Reduce uncertainty -We reduce our uncertainty by making predictions V. Levels of Prediction 1. Cultural 2. Sociological - Prediction based on groups 3. Interpersonal - You know them so well that you know them beyond there categories Interpersonal Communications January 23, 2007 Propositions about Communication I. You Cannot Not Communicate A. “Saying Nothing” communicates B. Everything communicates in life II. Meanings are in People A. Not in Words -Ex.: Sally thinks there is only one person out there that she would consider saying “I love you” to. Jason her boyfriend says “I love you” to her. Sally is in shock when the next week her and Jason break-up. “I love you” to Sally had a total other meaning then “I love you” to Jason. i. Labels 1. How old is Mrs. Jones? 2. Sara went to bed late, what time did she go to bed? 3. Jack has a lot of records, how many does Jack have? 4. Bill makes good amount of money a month, how much money does he make? ** All examples of how there are different meanings in words
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-People have different meanings for words i.e. God, love, fuck B. Not in Behavior -Ex.: Girlfriend bakes Tony a nice pasta dinner, took all her time in preparing the meal. Tony comes home from work, very tired, and says Thanks but “I’m not hungry.” -Punctuation Ex. John said, “Mary go home” III. Communication is irreversible A. You can not take words back Ex.: Kids knew mom was having a hard day. They took all there time into trying to make her, her favorite food; pancakes. Flour was on the floor, eggs were broken on the countertop and syrup was everywhere in the kitchen. It was a mess. Mom walks into the kitchen and sees this mess and yells “You know what,
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