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Unit One Introduction to Interpersonal Communication. A first look at Interpersonal Relationships. What is Interpersonal Communication?.

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unit one introduction to interpersonal communication

Unit One Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

A first look at Interpersonal Relationships

what is interpersonal communication
What is Interpersonal Communication?
  • Interpersonal Communication is defined by Redmond and Beebe as: a distinctive form of human communication that occurs when you interact with another person and mutually influence each other usually for the purpose of maintaining relationships.
  • Interpersonal communication is described as like breathing: It is a requirement for life and is inescapable. Because unless you live in isolation you communicate interpersonally EVERY day.
why do we communicate why is communication important
Why do we communicate?Why is communication important?
  • Physical Needs
  • Identity Needs
  • Social Needs
  • Practical Goals
the process of communication
The Process of Communication
  • A Linear View of Communication
  • “the sender encodes a message and sends it through a channel where the receiver decodes the message and receives it.”
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The Process of Communication
  • A Transactional View of Communication
    • “Communication occurs with others.”
    • Environments
    • Noise (external, physiological and psychological)
communication principles
Communication Principles
  • Communication can be intentional or unintentional.
  • It is impossible not to communicate
    • We are like “transmitters” constantly transmitting messages at all times.
  • Communication is irreversible
  • Communication is unrepeatable
communication misconceptions
Communication Misconceptions
  • Meanings are not only in words
  • Successful communication does not always involve shared understanding
  • More communication is not always better
  • Communication will not solve all problems
types of communication
Types of Communication
  • Intrapersonal Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Communication (Mediated)
  • Small Group Communication
  • Metacommunication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
what makes and effective communicator
What makes and effective communicator?
  • Communication Competence is:the ability to choose a communication behavior that is both appropriate and effective for a given situation.

(Spitzberg & Cupach, 1984)

  • There is no “ideal” way to communicate.
  • Competence is situational
  • Competence is relational
  • Competence can be learned
characteristics of a competent communicator
Characteristics of a competent communicator
  • A wide range of behaviors
  • The ability to choose the most appropriate behavior based on context, goals and knowledge of the other person
  • Skill at performing behaviors
  • Cognitive complexity
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Characteristics of a competent communicator
  • Empathy
  • Self Monitoring
  • Commitment to the other person and to the message
technology and interpersonal communication
Technology and Interpersonal Communication
  • CMC is computer mediated communication
  • CMC can increase the quantity and quality of interpersonal communication
  • Personal and Impersonal Communication is a matter of balance with technology