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6: Interpersonal Communication Processes

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    • 6.1: Principles of Interpersonal Communication
      Interpersonal communication is the process of exchanging messages between people whose lives mutually influence one another in unique ways in relation to social and cultural norms. This definition highlights the fact that interpersonal communication involves two or more people who are interdependent to some degree and who build a unique bond based on the larger social and cultural contexts to which they belong. In this section, we discuss the importance of studying interpersonal communication an
    • 6.2: Conflict and Interpersonal Communication
      Who do you have the most conflict with right now? Your answer to this question probably depends on the various contexts in your life.As with all areas of communication, we can improve if we have the background knowledge to identify relevant communication phenomena and the motivation to reflect on and enhance our communication skills.
    • 6.3: Emotions and Interpersonal Communication
      Emotions are clearly personal, as they often project what we’re feeling on the inside to those around us whether we want it to show or not. Emotions are also interpersonal in that another person’s show of emotion usually triggers a reaction from us—perhaps support if the person is a close friend or awkwardness if the person is a stranger. Emotions are central to any interpersonal relationship, and it’s important to know what causes and influences emotions so we can better understand our own emot
    • 6.4: Self-Disclosure and Interpersonal Communication
      It could be argued that any verbal or nonverbal communication reveals something about the self. The clothes we wear, a laugh, or an order at the drive-through may offer glimpses into our personality or past, but they are not necessarily self-disclosure. Self-disclosure is purposeful disclosure of personal information to another person. As with all other types of communication, increasing your competence regarding self-disclosure can have many positive effects.

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