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Interpersonal Communication 344: Week 2 Notes

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Interpersonal Communication 344: Week 2 Notes Comm 344

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This is the second week of notes dated on January 28th.
Interpersonal Communication
Dr. Nathan Miczo
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kyndra Harris on Thursday February 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Comm 344 at Western Illinois University taught by Dr. Nathan Miczo in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 32 views. For similar materials see Interpersonal Communication in Communication at Western Illinois University.


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Date Created: 02/04/16
Assumptions of Interpersonal Communications ­ January 28, 2016 (week two) Communication is: 1. Inevitable­ you are going to communicate with others even without trying. Not only  through verbal interactions, but nonverbal as well. 2. Driven by multiple goals­ goals themselves are cognitive and have an influence on how  we communicate with one another.  The goals in conversation are social and  communicative ­Relational goals: On a more personal level.  This can include or getting to know  someone. ­ Instrumental goals: Using communication as a device to get something from the  conversation.  Ex) asking a question to receive an answer or feedback. ­ Relational and instrumental goals often times work together.  They can also be  in conflict with each other. Ex) Being nice to someone, but being skeptical of them at the  same time. 3. Unpredictable­ There is no way that someone can tell exactly what the other  communicator is going to say or how they are going to react to what they said. 4. Often Ambiguous­ There are many words in the English language that have multiple  meanings and different pronunciations.  Messages can often get misconstrued or  misinterpreted if both communicators are not on the same page. 5. Content and Relational Involved­ Every relation works on two levels of dimensions. Content and Relational Dimensions­ expression of and/or response to messages between  interdependent individuals 1. Content­ the surface/denotative meaning of a message. 2. Relational­ the underlying or connotative meaning of a message. Ex) Saying it’s cold in  here, but really wanting someone to turn the heat up to make it less cold. ­You are relating what you said to what you really mean. ­ Looking at the surface meaning won’t do much if you don’t look at the relational  level as well. ­They work cohesively, but aren’t always weighed the same in importance. Ex) having  small talk is mostly conducted on a content level. Messages: verbal, nonverbal, objects Messages can also be: ­Functional or instrumental ­Nurturing or emotional ­The ratio between functional and nurturing in satisfying relationships is 90/10 Interpersonal Competence: ­If you want to be a better communicator there are different components: 1. Motivation­ you have to want to do it. 2. Knowledge­ make the best choices and have the skill 3. Skill­ putting what you know into practice Criteria for interpersonal competence: 1. Effectiveness 2. Appropriateness Culture Definition: specialized lifestyle of a group of people ­Made up of more than 2 people, or even a family  ­Transmitted from generation to generation ­Can include: beliefs, values, artifacts, behavior, and communication styles ­Gives the rules for how a certain group of people does things Enculturation: learning your native culture Acculturation: learning a different culture Dimensions of Culture (Where did differing cultures fall on a particular line)  Power Distance­ rules for dealing with inequality ­high power­ inequality is expected and desired; ex) being better if you have more than, stronger than, smarter than another individual ­low power­ inequality is necessary but undesirable.  The way things are done  politically and economically and also personally to minimize the inequality. Implications of Cultural Dimensions:   For relationships: the family marrying another will look at their status (arranged  marriages) and stay within the class or move up; it’s the family’s decision, not the  individual being married; ex) wife is for the status it brings the family and the mistress if  for love.  For classrooms: in high power you respect authority and don’t question teachers and  administrators; low power allows students to question and discuss with teachers and  administrators  America is 38/53= a mixed system of high and low  Highest power is in Asian countries and Central America  Lowest are European (Nothern)


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