UnderstandingInterpersonal Communication HCOM-100 Instructor Name
Understanding Interpersonal Communication • What is Interpersonal Communication? • Initiating Relationships • Maintaining Relationships Through Interpersonal Communication
What is Interpersonal Communication? • Interpersonal communication is a special form of unmediated human communication that occurs when we interact simultaneously with another person and attempt to mutually influence each other, usually for the purpose of managing relationships.
What is Interpersonal Communication? • IPC involves quality. • Impersonal communication • IPC involves simultaneous interaction between individuals. • IPC involves mutual influence between individuals. • IPC is the fundamental means we use to manage our relationships.
Initiating Relationships • Interpersonal Attraction Defined • Degree to which you desire to form or maintain an IP relationship • Short-Term Initial Attraction • Potential for development • Long-Term Maintenance Attraction • Sustains relationships
Elements of IP Attraction • Similarity • Physical and Sexual Attraction • Proximity • Complementarity • Inclusion • Control • affection
Communicating our Attraction • Direct and Indirect Strategies • Immediacy • Verbal and Nonverbal Cues
Getting that FirstConversation Going • Reducing Uncertainty • uncertainty reduction theory • Passive, active, interactive strategies • What Do You Say First? • The Art and Skill of Asking Great Questions • conversational narcissism/self-absorbed communicator style • The Art and Skill of Giving and Receiving Compliments
Maintaining RelationshipsThrough IPC • Self-Disclosure Defined • We voluntarily provide information to others that they would not learn if we did not tell them • Reciprocity in Self-Disclosure • We expect others to share similar information • Appropriateness in Self-Disclosure • Assessing the Risks of Self-Disclosure • Self-Disclosure, Intimacy, and Gender
Models of Self-Disclosure • Social Penetration • Developed by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor • Illustrates how much and what kind of information we reveal in various stages of relationships • Circles represent breadth and depth of penetration • Each relationship represents a degree of social penetration
Models of Self-Disclosure The Social Penetration Model
Models of Self-Disclosure • Johari Window • Reflects various stages of relational development, degrees of self-awareness, and others’ perceptions of us • Square window represents yourself • The self encompasses everything about you, including things you don’t realize
What questions do you have? • Homework: • Reading? • Turn in assignments?