Interpersonal Communication Key Concepts:
Content Meaning (P.23): The content of, or denotative information in, communication. Content-level meanings are literal. Dual perspective (P.31): The ability to understand both your own and another’s perspective, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Ethics (P.26): The branch of philosophy that deals with moral principles and codes of conduct. Because interpersonal communication affects people, sometimes profoundly, it always has ethical implications. Feedback (P.16): Responses to messages. Feedback is continuous, and it may ne verbal, nonverbal, or both; it may be intentional or unintentional. I-It Communication (P.18): Impersonal communication in which people are treated as objects or as instrumental to our purpose. Interactive model (P.16): A model that represents communication as a feedback process, in which listeners and speakers both simultaneously send and receive messages. Interpersonal Communication (P.19): A selective, systemic, ongoing process in which individuals interact to reflect and build personal knowledge and to create meanings Interpersonal Communication Competence (P.30): Proficiency in communication that is interpersonally effective and appropriate. Competence includes the abilities to monitor oneself, to engage in dual perspective, to enact a range of communication skills, and to adapt communication appropriately. I-Thou Communication (P.30): Fully interpersonal communication in which people acknowledge and deal with each other as unique individuals who meet fully in dialogue. I-You Communication (P.19): Communication midway between impersonal and interpersonal communication, in which the other is acknowledged as a human being but not fully engaged as a unique individual. Linear Model (P.16): A model that represents communication as a one-way process that flows in one direction, from sender to receiver. Linear models do no capture the dynamism of communication or the active participation of all communicators. Metacommunication (P.27): Communication about communication. When excessive, as in unproductive conflict interaction, metacommunication becomes self-absorbing and diverts partners from the issues causing conflict Model (P.15): Representation of what something is and how it works. Monitoring (P.32): Observing and regulating your own communication. Noise (P.16): Anything that distorts communication such that it is harder for people to understand each other. Noise can be physical, psychological, semantic, and so forth. Person-centeredness (P.31): The ability to perceive people as unique and to differentiate them from social roles and generalizations based on their membership in social groups. Process (P.21): An ongoing, continuous, dynamic flow that has no clear-cut beginning or ending and is always evolving and changing. Interpersonal communication is a process. Relationship meaning (P.23): What communication expresses about the relationship between communicators. The three dimensions of relationship-level meanings are liking or disliking responsiveness, and power (control). Symbols (P.26): An abstract, arbitrary and ambiguous representation of a phenomenon. Systemic (P.20): Taking place within multiple systems that influence what is communicated and what meanings are constructed; a quality of interpersonal communication. Examples of systems affecting communication include physical context culture, personal histories, and precious interactions between people. Transactional Model (P.17): A model of communication as a dynamic process that changes over time and in which participants assume multiple roles. Chapter 2:
Anxious style (P.46): A mode of relating/attachment style characterized by preoccupation with relationships and inconsistent behavior toward the partner. Develops in childhood when a caregiver behaves inconsistently toward a child, sometimes loving and sometimes rejecting or neglectful. Attachment styles (P.45): A pattern of relating...
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