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GS0155 Interpersonal Communication
Summary of concepts from Lecture 1 to Lecture 10

Lecture 1: Universals of IPC
What is interpersonal communication?
Nature of IPC: dyadic approach
a. Dyadic
b. Dyadic primacy
c. Dyads
Two types of dyadic connection:
a. Dyadic coalition
b. Dyadic consciousness
Elements of Interpersonal Communication: (the model of IPC)
a. Source-Receiver (encode, decode)
b. Messages (feedback message, feed forward message)
c. Channel
d. Noise (Physical, Physiological, Psychological, Semantic)
e. Context (Physical, Temporal, Social-psychological, Cultural)
Axioms of IPC:
a. IPC is a transactional process
b. IPC is ambiguous
c. Interpersonal relationships may be symmetrical or complementary
d. IPC
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Women: literal vs. emotive
Men are literal
Women talk emotively
Problem: Men interpret every words women say
How men / women listen?
Men listen like statues
Women listen by providing feedback on speaker’s emotions
Problem: Women criticize men’s form of listening as inattentive.
How men / women think?
Men talk silently to themselves
Women think aloud
Problem: When men are silent, women think that men don’t love them; men often accuse women of talking too much and her continual talk about problems as a plea for solution.
Suggestion: Men need to understand that when a woman talks, she just want you to listen; Women need to understand that when a man doesn’t talk, that is not a clue that something is wrong.
How men / women deal with stress?
Stressed men won’t talk since they see talking as major sign of weakness
Stressed women talk since they share their stress with others to receive comfort and relief
Women think that men should share about their problems in order to feel better, but men see women’s sharing or giving advice as criticism. Thus women should leave men alone and let them think.
When women share their stress with men, men usually look for main point and provide solution; but women see men’s behavior is a sign of interruption; Men should listen using listening sounds and gestures, and not to offer solutions unless they are asked

Lecture 8 Film Analysis – The Proposal
Lecture 9 Power in IPC / Interpersonal Conflict
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