Interpersonal Communication Essay

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Over the past few weeks I have had the chance to learn some things about interpersonal communications. Initially, I was under the self-impression that I did a pretty good communicating but I was sadly mistaken. There is so much information being presented during this class that it is a little difficult for me to grasp the concepts as solidly as I should; but feel that over the course of my studies my confidence in in my understanding and being able to put these concepts into practice will greatly increase. My first assignment to complete is my understanding of the concepts I have learned so far; picking six concepts, explaining them to the best of my ability, and to offer up examples from my life. I have chosen to talk about High …show more content…
Every culture and every situation has its high and low points; some situations may even contain high context and low context areas for those who are less involved. Let’s take a look at the town hall meetings; any citizen can attend, the meeting times, and who is in charge, what will be discussed, and is usually pretty clear on how to participate. All the information needed to attend one of these meetings is of public knowledge.
However, if we are talking about a small town, the people who run the meetings may all know each other very well and have many overlapping interests. They may all agree on what shall be discussed or what should happen without even talking about it; they have unconscious, unexpressed values that influence their decisions. Other citizens from the outside may not understand how decisions are really being made. So the town hall meetings are still low context, but have a high context subgroup that is in turn part of a high context small town society.
What distinguishes the individualist culture from collectivist culture is in how the relation of individual interests and community interests are dealt with. In a collectivist culture, people are taught that the interests of the community are considered to be the most important.