Understanding Interpersonal Communication HCOM-100 Instructor Name Communication Principle Understanding Interpersonal Communication What is Interpersonal Communication? Initiating Relationships Maintaining Relationships Through Interpersonal Communication What is Interpersonal Communication? Interpersonal communication is a special form of unmediated human communication that occurs when we interact simultaneously with another person and attempt to mutually influence each other, usually for the purpose of managing relationships. What is Interpersonal Communication? IPC involves quality. Impersonal communication IPC involves simultaneous interaction between individuals. IPC involves mutual influence between individuals. IPC is the fundamental means we use to manage our relationships. Initiating Relationships Interpersonal Attraction Defined Short-Term Initial Attraction Degree to which you desire to form or maintain an IP relationship Potential for development Long-Term Maintenance Attraction Sustains relationships Elements of IP Attraction Similarity Physical and Sexual Attraction Proximity Complementarity Inclusion Control affection Communicating our Attraction Direct and Indirect Strategies Immediacy Verbal and Nonverbal Cues Getting that First Conversation Going Reducing Uncertainty What Do You Say First? The Art and Skill of Asking Great Questions uncertainty reduction theory Passive, active, interactive strategies conversational narcissism/self-absorbed communicator style The Art and Skill of Giving and Receiving Compliments Maintaining Relationships Through IPC Self-Disclosure Defined Reciprocity in Self-Disclosure We voluntarily provide information to others that they would not learn if we did not tell them We expect others to share similar information Appropriateness in Self-Disclosure Assessing the Risks of Self-Disclosure Self-Disclosure, Intimacy, and Gender Models of Self-Disclosure Social Penetration Developed by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor Illustrates how much and what kind of information we reveal in various stages of relationships Circles represent breadth and depth of penetration Each relationship represents a degree of social penetration Models of Self-Disclosure The Social Penetration Model Models of Self-Disclosure Johari Window Reflects various stages of relational development, degrees of self-awareness, and others’ perceptions of us Square window represents yourself The self encompasses everything about you, including things you don’t realize Models of Self-Disclosure The Johari Window Model What questions do you have? Homework: Reading? Turn in assignments?