Principles of Interpersonal Communication (Power (All interpersonal…
Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication is Purposeful
To Learn: Gaining a better understanding of communication can help in all aspects of life. A better understanding of people, objects, and events.
To Relate: Relating to others and forming relationships.
To Influence: Influence others.
To Help: Interactions everyday to help other people.
To Play: Have fun and give life a break! Relaxing communication. EXAMPLE*: When I come home from a long shift from the hospital I just like sit down and talk to my friends and family.
Package of Signals
All parts of a message work together toward a meaning.
EXAMPLE*: When you express fear your entire body expresses fear.
Contradictory: Your body language has an emotion but your mouth has the opposite emotion of your body language. EXAMPLE*: When I arrive on call sometimes my body language is different from what I say to my patient.
Content and Relationship Messages
Content Messages: Focus on the real world
Relationship Messages: Focuses on similarities, likes, and connections between individuals. EXAMPLE*: My friend and I talk about how we like the fire and EMS fields of study.
Process of Adjustment
Principle of Adjustment: Sharing the same communication System. EXAMPLE*: I will only use medical termonology with those of a medical background.
Communication Accommodation Theory: Adjust speaking style for easier communication.
All interpersonal relationships have some type of power.
Legitimate: Control and influence others behavior. They believe you have the right. EXAMPLE*: Police Officers
Referent: People wish to be like you. EXAMPLE*: My sister has referent power over me because someday I want to be as successful as her.
Reward-When you have reward that others want. EXAMPLE*: My teachers who can alter my grade.
Coercive: Adding punishments and removing rewards. EXAMPLE*: My employer can deny me my annual raise.
Expert: Expertise in a subject or matter. EXAMPLE*: Paramedics have expert power over me because I am EMT only.
Information/ Persuasion: Communicating logically. EXAMPLE*: Scientist
Interpersonal Communication Is Ambiguous
Ambiguity: Having more than one meaning.
Ambiguity should be reduced in communication you want your meaning to be accurate of what you are really saying.
Communication Is Punctuated
No clear end or beginning.
Stimulus and Responce.
Dividing communication interactions into stimuli and response.
Inevitable, Irreversible, and Unrepeatable
Inevitable: You can't avoid communication. Communication is all around you.
Irreversible: You can't take back what you have already said. EXAMPLE*: If I say something rude to a co-worker I can't take it back I can say I'm sorry but that person can"t undo what I have said.
Be cautious of your words!
Unrepeatable: You can't redo the same situation in the interpersonal act.