Interpersonal Communication Elements

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Interpersonal communication is cyclic in nature. The message I sent and then feedback is given to complete the communication cycle. As it is on going hence the relationship that is impersonal at the beginning turns into interpersonal where one person is at times the sender and at other times the receiver.

A. Source [sender] – Receiver: Interpersonal communication involves at least 2 individuals. Each person formulates and sends message [sender activity] and at the same time receives and comprehends message receiver activity]. Who you are, what you know, what you believe, what you value, what you want, what you have been told, what your attitudes are, and so on all influence what you say, how you say it, what messages you receive, and how
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Messages
In interpersonal communication messages must be sent and received. Messages may be auditory [hearing] visual [seeing] tactile [touching] olfactory [smelling] gustatory [tasting] or any other combination. The outfit worn by the communicator, the gait, the handshake, the smile or frown, the gaze all communicate messages that are sent and received.
Interpersonal need not occur face to face. It can take place by telephone, through prison cell walls, through video phone or computers. Also notice that messages need not be sent intentionally all the time, slip of the tongue or a slight eye movement may contain a strong meaning as well.
Messages refer to people, world, events, and other messages. Messages that are about other messages are called metamessages, for example: “Do you understand?”, “Did I say that right?”, “what did you say?”, “Is it fair to say that…”, “I want to be honest.”, “that’s not logical…”, “Correct me if I’m wrong”. 2 important types of messages are feedback and feedforward.
E. Feedback Messages
Throughout the interpersonal communication process feedback is exchanged. It is the message sent back to the sender concerning the reaction to what is being said. Feedback tells the sender what effect he is having on the listeners. On the basis of this feedback the speaker may adjust, modify, strengthen, de-emphasize or change the

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