CH 2 - CH 2: Principles of Interpersonal Communication...

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CH 2: Principles of Interpersonal Communication PRINCIPLE 1: We cannot not communicate We communicate with others verbally and nonverbally Even if we’re silent, we’re communicating something Varies by culture Westerners: regard silence as a lack of knowledge, anger, disinterest Easterners: thoughtfulness, respect We can be unaware of what rolling the eyes communicates to another Unconscious communication usually occurs on the relationship level of meaning as we express feelings about others through subtle, nonverbal communication PRINCIPLE 2: Interpersonal communication is irreversible You can’t erase communication or un-say what you said Saying things you don’t mean in a heated argument Responding to a message (email) hastily Once we say something to another person, our words become part of the relationship PRINCIPLE 3: Interpersonal communication involves ethical choices Because interpersonal communication is irreversible and affects others, it always has ethical implications. What we say and do affects others
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