Interpersonal Communication

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Interpersonal communication is typically a dyadic (between two parties) form of communication. There are two major types of interpersonal communication used on a day to day basis: interpersonal (friends, family, partners), or impersonal (taxi drivers, shop assistants, etc.). These can be utilised as an essential tool to enhance an individual’s ability in many facets: learning, relationships, professionally, socially and also helping others. Interpersonal communication is considered the most important form of communication and the most conventional. It is interdependent (mutually dependant) on visual (sight), auditory (sound), and kinetic (body language) stimuli. Firstly this essay will outline a brief history of interpersonal …show more content…
In its primitive form, animals may have just mastered the essential aspects of nonverbal interpersonal communication. The use of zoosemiotics (study of animal communication) can show that animals rely profoundly on a nonverbal form of communication. Some examples would be sight, (an animal stalking its prey) sound, (mating calls for example) and kinesis (a gorilla beating their chest to express dominance). Wikipedia.org, (2011). Verbal messages can consist of both oral and written words, DeVito, J. A. (2008).
Verbal and nonverbal messages complement each other, and alone the message is not as definitive. As DeVito, J. A. (2008) quotes, “They are packaged; verbal and nonverbal signals interact to produce one (ideally) unified message”.Verbal communication could also be considered an essential tool in building rapport, and rapport is arguably the cornerstone of building an effective interpersonal relationship. Molden and Hutchinson suggest, “Rapport is essentially meeting individuals in their model of the world. We all have different upbringings, experiences and ways of being. We are all unique, with different beliefs, capabilities and identities. We all see the world differently. To gain rapport with others you need to acknowledge them and their view of the world. You do not have to agree with it, just recognise and respect it”, Molden and Hutchinson, (2006). Verbal
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