Chapter 1 Intro. to Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication Foundations Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond
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Communication
Process of acting on information
Human Communication
Process of making sense of the world, and sharing that with others by creating meaning through non/verbal messages.
Interpersonal Communication
Distinctive transactional form of human communication -- mutually influential for purposes of managing relationships.
Impersonal
treating others as objects, not as unique individuals
Relationship
Connection established when communicating with another person.
Mass Communication
Presenting the same information to many people at once. The speaker isn't physically present, and there is no chance to respond. Examples: Radio & TV
Public Communication
Addressing an audience in person
Small Group Communication
3-15 people interacting with the common purpose to mutually influence each other.
Intrapersonal Communication
communication with yourself -- thinking
Source
Originator of a thought who expresses feeling (or idea) as code that is understood by the receiver
Encoding
Translating ideas/feelings/thoughts into code
Decoding
words or unspoken signals that are interpreted by the receiver
Message
written/spoken/unspoken elements of communication to which people assign meaning whether that meaning was intended or not, spoken or not or written down.
Channel
pathway used to get messages from source to receiver
Receiver
decodes and makes sense of source's encoded message
Noise
Interference with message being understood and achieving intended effect
Feedback
Response to message
Context
physical & psychological environment for the communication
System Theory
Interconnected elements -- change in one affects all other elements
Episodes
Sequence of interactions between individuals -- message of one influences the message of the other
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