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By Julia T. Wood

Meant to be the middle textual content for the introductory interpersonal conversation path at - and four-year faculties and universities in departments of speech, communique, and human kin.

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Interaction is still guided by our roles as INSIGHT Poor Interpersonal peers, as members of a class or team, and as peoCommunication as the ple who have common interests. Yet we do affirm Number One Cause of Divorce the existence of others and recognize them as indiAccording to a nationwide poll, a majority of people viduals within those roles. Teachers and students perceive communication problems as the number one often have I–You relationships. In the workplace, reason marriages fail (Roper poll, 1999).

Features of Interpersonal Communication Building on Buber’s poetic description, we can define interpersonal communication as selective, systemic, unique, processual (is an ongoing process) transactions that allow people to reflect and build personal knowledge of one another and create shared meanings. We’ll discuss the key terms in this definition so that we have a common understanding of interpersonal communication. Selective First, as we noted earlier, we don’t want to communicate intimately with the majority of people we encounter.

Physical noise is interference in our environments, such as noises made by others, overly dim or bright lights, spam and pop-up ads, extreme temperatures, and crowded conditions. Psychological noise refers to qualities in us that affect how we communicate and how we interpret others. For instance, if you are preoccupied with a problem, you may be inattentive at a team meeting. Likewise, prejudice and defensive feelings can interfere with communication. Our needs may also affect how we interpret others.

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