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Chapter 5 Vocabulary (Kinn's for MA's)

Test for Monday 10-26-09
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adage
a familiar saying
aggressive
forceful or intended to dominate; hostile, injurious, or destructive, especially when referring to a behavior caused by frustration
ambiguous
unclear; having more than one meaning
animate
To fill with life; to give spirit and support to expressions.
battery
An offensive touching or use of force on a person without his or her consent.
caustic
Marked by sarcasm.
channels
Means of communication or expression; courses or directions of thought.
comfort zone
a place in the mind where an individual feels safe and confident
congruent
in agreement; harmonious; corresponding; coinciding exactly; CF. congruous
decodes
Converts, as in a message, into intelligible form; recognizes and interprets.
defense mechanisms
psychologic methods of dealing with stressful situations that are encountered in day-to-day living
encodes
Converts from one system of communication to another; converts a message into code.
encroachments
Actions that advance beyond the usual or proper limits.
enunciate
To utter articulate sounds; the act of being very distinct in speech.
external noise
Sounds or factors outside the brain that interfere with the communication process.
externalization
the attribution of an event or occurrence to causes outside the self
feedback
The transmission of evaluative or corrective information to the original or controlling source about an action, event, or process.
grief
Reaction to an unfortunate outcome; a deep distress caused by bereavement, a loss, or a perceived loss.
internal noise
Factors inside the brain that interfere with the communication process.
language barrier
Any type of interference that inhibits the communication process and is related to languages spoken by the people attempting to communicate.
litigious
prone to engage in lawsuits
malediction
speaking evil or the calling of a curse
media
term applied to agencies of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, and telecommunications
paraphrasing
to express an idea in differant wording in an effort to enhance communication and clarify meaning
perception
Capacity for comprehension; an awareness of the elements of the environment
physiologic noise
physiologic interferences with the communication process
pitch
highness or lowness of a sound; the relative level, intensity, or extent of some quality or state
proxemics
The study of the nature, degree, and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain.
sarcasm
a sharp and often satirical response or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
stereotype
something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; a standardized mental picture that is held in common by many and represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgement
stressors
Stimuli that cause stress.
subtle
Difficult to understand or perceive; having or marked by keen insight and ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly.
thanatology
The study of the phenomena of death and of psychologic methods of coping with death.
vehemently
In a manner marked by forceful energy; intensely emotionally.
volatile
easily aroused; tending to erupt in violence