Comm 417 Lecture Notes - AUGUST 26 Relational Communication...

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AUGUST 26 Relational Communication (RC): Messages exchanged that modify each other Interpersonal Communication (IPC): Communication between people What is Relational Communication: 1. Any message exchanged between people 2. Any message exchanged between people in a “relationship” 3. Messags that comment upon and midify the association (people) Types of Communication Interference: Noise o Physical o Psychological: which is often hard to notice (EX: emotions) Rational Scuence is… More catious Gradual More reasoned Often less romantic By combining all of these things, Rational Science is more accurate Conditions that Define Intimate/Close Relationships: Cappella’s 3 Conditions for IPC: 1. P(A) beh, (B) beh DOES NOT EQUAL 0 The probability (P) of As behavior, given Bs behavior is not zero. Predictability 2. P (A) beh, (B) beh DOES NOT EQUAL A baseline beh Their behavior has to be unique
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Uniqueness 3. Conditions (1) and (2) must be true with A and B positions reversed There has to be a mutual desire for a relationship Symbolic Interactionism: (mead and blumer) How we define ourselves based on the interactions of others The Pragmetics of Human Communication: (1967) Watzlawick, Beavin, and Jackson 3 Main Assumptions of Watzlawick atl. 1. There is no opposite of behavior. “One cannot not communicate.” Even the act of sleeping communicates something 2. Every message has content and relational/relationship elements The relationship modifys the content 3. Punctuation determines the nature of relationships The order of events, statements lengths in a relationship Punctuation changes and determines how a relationship will unfold Situational Approach to Understanding IPC: Mass – public comm. – small group – IPC – intrapersonal Number of senses we can use Prozimity Availability of feedback (low at the mass level, higher at the IPC level) Developmental Approach to Understanding IPC: (How relationships are formed over time) Cultural Level Data o Defined by geography Sociological Level Data
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o Groups we are apart of. They are often small in size than cultural level groups. o Groups within our culture EX: ones profession EX: fans of a type of music Psychological Level Data o The unique characteristics of an individual o Marks close interpersonal relationships Cooper PG (1-3) Cooper pg 4-10 Functional Communication vs. Nurturing: Functional Communication: involves managing day-to-day necessities and exchange impersonal information such as arranging schedules, getting plans coordinated. Nurturing Communication: occurs when participants send messages that are caretaking of the relationship – messages that indicate that the other person and the relationship are valued o EX: a special b-day celebration, a hug, a deep conversation about feelings, ect Language: Phoneme: Semantics: Pragamtics: Grace’s and Coopers Principles
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2009 for the course COMM `417A taught by Professor Tusing during the Fall '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Comm 417 Lecture Notes - AUGUST 26 Relational Communication...

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