Interpersonal Communication

2332 Words Oct 13th, 2011 10 Pages
Abstract
Interpersonal communication is a form of communication involving people who are dependent upon each other and with a common history. There are various aspects of interpersonal communication that can be discussed. This paper looks at the principles of interpersonal communication, its barriers and relationship with emotional intelligence. Four principles are identified, which are: interpersonal communication is inescapable; interpersonal communication is irreversible; interpersonal communication is complicated and interpersonal communication is contextual. The barriers that are discussed include: psychological barriers; cultural barriers; language barriers; environmental barriers; and physical barriers. Emotional intelligence has
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The intention of the act is what is deciphered and not the act itself (West and Turner, 2007).

Interpersonal communication is irreversible
This principle is based on the fact that once something has been said it is not possible to take it back. The effect of something that has been said unavoidably remains. Regardless of the fact that the judge can instruct the jury to “disregard that last statement that the witness made” the legal representative is aware of the fact that it cannot help since it has already made an impression on the jury. There is a Russian proverb that says: “once a word goes out of your mouth you can never swallow it again” (Wood, 2007:134).

Interpersonal communication is complicated
With regard to this principle, there is no kind of communication that is simple. Due to the number of the variables that is involved in the process, even basic requests are very complicated. Scholars have argued that whenever a communication takes place, there are actually no less than six “people” that are involved: “1) who you think you are; 2) who you think the other person is; 30 who you think the other person thinks you are; 4) who the other person thinks /she is; 5) who the other person thinks you are; and 6) who the other person thinks you think s/he is.” It is not really the ideas that are exchanged, but the symbols that represent the ideas. This idea also makes communication complicated. Words or symbols in themselves do not have
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