Exam #1 Notes - I. Key components of communication a....

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I. Key components of communication a. Communication takes place within systems i. We are all interrelated ii. A system is a set of interrelated parts that affect one another iii. Change in one part of the system affects the entire system iv. To understand the system, we must understand how the parts come together. v. We strive for: 1. Openness of a system-the extent to which the system is affected by and affects other outside factors. 2. Homeostasis-A state of equilibrium, balance. Something that we strive for in every system. b. Communication has content and relational dimensions i. Content: the information being explicitly expressed ii. Relational: the way you feel about the other person 1. Liking/affection 2. Responsiveness-difficult for students to grasp sometimes… Texting while have another conversation, for example. High level of responsiveness would include actively asking follow-up questions, engaging in the conversation. 3. Power/control c. The ability to communicate well can be learned i. By increasing your communication competence II. Why study communication? a. Communication meets needs i. Practical needs (instrumental goals) 1. The ability to get others to behave the way we want them to. 2. Asking for help, ordering food at a restaurant, negotiating chores with a roommate ii. Physical needs 1. Ability to communicate pain and illness 2. A lack of social relationships jeopardizes coronary health in a way that rivals cigarette smoke. 3. Social isolates are 4x more susceptible to the common cold 4. Ten minutes a day of socializing improves your memory retention and boosts your intellection iii. Social needs 1. Communication connects us with one another, fulfills needs of companionship, relaxation, etc. 2. “Happiness is only real when it’s shared” quote from into the wild. iv. Identity needs 1. Communication is one way, and truly the only way, that we learn who we are. 2. If all of our friends think we’re funny, then we think we’re funny. If they see us as a tagalong, we think we’re an outcast. 3. Wolf boy example- we make our identity by what people tell us about ourselves III. Communication controversies a. Communication s vs. Communication i. Communication s is the study of the wires and technology. AT&T is a communications company. Cables, Ethernet cords, yada yada. ii. Communication is the study of human interaction. b. Intrapersonal vs. Interpersonal i. Intrapersonal- generally the study of the communication that goes on inside our head. The little voice inside my head, communicating with myself.
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1. Internal dialogue 2. More psychology-related (more of a controversy) ii. Interpersonal communication-Communication and relationships that develop as a result of person-to-person interaction. Expressed more openly. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course COM 134 taught by Professor Frymier during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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Exam #1 Notes - I. Key components of communication a....

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