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Comm 315 Week 2 Notes

by: Lauren Henderson

Comm 315 Week 2 Notes COMM 315 - INTRO TO INTERPER COMM

Lauren Henderson
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Discusses the Conceptualizing Relational Communication and goes in depth about the Principles of Interpersonal Communication behaviors that are verbal and nonverbal messages and behaviors.
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lauren Henderson on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COMM 315 - INTRO TO INTERPER COMM at University of Louisville taught by Christine Steineck in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see Interpersonal Communications in Communications at University of Louisville.

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Date Created: 09/09/16
COMM 315 Notes Week 2 Chapter 1: Conceptualizing Relational Communication Relationships are an essential part of the human experience because: - We are born into the relationships - We spend our lives moving into and out of relationships Communication is an essential part of the human experience because it is a tool used to accomplish our goals *Symbiotic relationship between communication and relationships simultaneously influencing the other Relationships:  Role Relationships- must share some level of behavioral interdependence o Not truly interpersonal relationships  Interpersonal Relationships o Involves two people o Interactions are unique o Repeated interactions over time  Close Relationships o Involves features of interpersonal relationships  Emotional attachment: other person can make us happy/sad  Need Fulfillment: belonging, caring, nurturing a. Affection- ability to love and be loved by others b. Social Inclusion- feeling a part of the group c. Behavioral Control- need to feel in control of our lives  Irreplaceability: other person has a special place in our lives  Categories o Helps understand the type of characteristics o Not always mainstream- while all relationships have some things in common, traditional models may not always apply  Gay, lesbian, bisexual  Single-parent families  Unmarried cohabitation  Interracial couples  Internet relationships  Long-distance relationships Characteristics of Different Relationship Types:  Voluntarily vs Involuntarily o Can’t choose family -Exists despite communication o Can choose friends, romantic partners (Western cultures) COMM 315 Notes Week 2 -Develops through communication  Genetically Related vs Nonrelated o How are you genetically related to influence how you communicated with others  Sexual vs Platonic o Is there sexual interest or involvement? “Friends with benefits”  Romantic vs Nonromantic o Romantic partners define themselves as a couple, may include possibility of marriage and sexual exclusivity  Male vs Female ( Masculine vs Feminine) o Sex – determined by biology Male or female o Gender – determined socially and culturally  Masculine  Feminine  Androgynous (masculine and feminine) Principles of Interpersonal Communication Interpersonal Communication- exchange of messages between people regardless of their relationship -Nonverbal and verbal messages  “Actions speak louder than words” Nonverbal Behaviors 1) Kinesics- facial expressions, gestures, postures, eye contact 2) Vocalics- pitch, tone, silence 3) Proxemics- space 4) Haptics- touch 5) Appearance and adornment 6) Environmental cues- mood lightening, music 7) Chronemics- time Verbal Behaviors - Self-disclosure-revealing personal info to others - Computer mediated communication limits, non-verbal cues  Can offer more control over message Technology has opened up many different ways to communicate Communication is inevitable  Self-presentation- the image we convey to others  Relational Goals- how we communicate our feelings about others and the relationship we desire COMM 315 Notes Week 2  Instrumental Goals- accomplishing tasks Effectiveness and Shared Meaning  Unattended behavior- behavior not interpreted, does not count as communication  Successful communication-sender’s message is interpreted correctly by a receiver  Miscommunication-sender’s message misinterpreted by receiver  Attempted communication- receiver fails to notice or interpret an intentional message  Misinterpretation – unintended message is misconstrued by receiver  Accidental communication – receiver observes unintentional message and interprets correctly Content (report function) v. Relational Information (command function) Relational Communication- focuses on messages exchanged within relationships that are intimate or may become intimate. - Messages have different meanings in different kinds of relationships - Relationships are ever-changing, despite commitment and routine interactions


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