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1.8: Summary and Review

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    We hope this chapter has helped laid the foundation for a deeper exploration of interpersonal communication in the coming chapters. We began by talking about why this study is so important because communication helps us fulfill important needs, including our instrumental, physical, and social needs. Then we explored communication models and the various parts of communication. Having this shared language will allow us to discuss the various aspects of interpersonal communication from a common starting point. We also looked at some key principles of communication that will be referenced again in the coming chapters as these concepts are at play in various aspects we have to explore. Finally, we ended this chapter with a focus on the importance of ethics in interpersonal communication. Now that you have a basic understanding of communication, we hope you are as excited to explore interpersonal communication as we are.

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why are symbols so fundamental to human communication? Do you think communication would be possible without our use of symbols?
    2. How does different types of noise affect different communication channels? For example if you are in a loud crowded space how will that impact your face-to-face communication? What if you are texting or scrolling through your social media?
    3. Do you think intention is necessary for communication?
    4. While we are born with the ability to communicate, communication is learned. Where did you learn communication? Was this formal or informal?
    5. Why is it important to be ethical in our communication? Are there any parts of the NCA Credo that you disagree with? Why?
    6. How does the setting influence the communication process? Who can speak? What do they speak about?

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