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UM COMX 115S - Interpersonal Communication 01.26.2015 and 01.28.2015 Lecture Notes

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Intro. To Interpersonal CommunicationDr. Christina YoshimuraKassandra (Kasey) Martin T.A.Mackenzie Minniear T.A.January 26, 2015No grade associated with breakout session – work counts toward main class gradeBring book to breakout sessionsExam days – Bring Griz card & red scantronHandouts/Announcements/Grades posted on MoodleKeys to Success- Show up – 10:00 ISB 110 Monday and Wednesday- Contingencies – Drop lowest exam grade, drop lowest breakout assignment, no makeups or late grades- Office hours/email for questions and concerns- Check syllabus/course schedule on MoodleNo personal essay assignmentsExams are multiple choiceJanuary 28, 2015Study guides posted on Moodle one week before exams Two Overriding Questions Why does this matter? What are the implications of not understanding why and how we communicate interpersonally? Miscommunication, misunderstanding Build valuable relationships What can we do with this information? As a social science As individuals – right now As individuals – In the future Interpersonal communication is primarily between two people, but can be more broad  Occurs between two people, in the context of a relationship, and helps them negotiate and define that relationship Relationship doesn’t indicate intimacy Where is the information going afterwards? We choose which information to share  Cumulative experiences influence the way we communicate – context. Context gives us clues on how to communicate  Myth: Communication “break down” Not mechanical, cannot break Excuse to avoid accepting fault Communication is not just talking Communication is unavoidable What about sleeping? Still communication going on “I’m closed off right now” Message sent by how you sleep with a partner Some people say if you’re not intentionally sending a message, it’s not communicating Axiom: You can’t not communicate Intrapersonal communication influences interpersonal communication Does it always take two people? Yes, two people in the world but it could be an author-reader situation Interpersonal is typically back and forth between two people Qualities Self-awareness – How long have I been talking? Does he/she want a turn? Empathy – How does the other person feel? Adaptability – Communication will never be the same twice. Cognitive Complexity – Being able to think of several different possibilities Ethics Competent communication  Effective (Goals) You want something to happen It’s possible to have subtle goals There is an underlying reason why There may be multiple goals Appropriate (Situation) You can meet your goal, without it being appropriate You need both to be competent Some guiding principles Communication can be intentional or unintentional  Communication is irreversible Communication is unrepeatable Communication relies on multiple channels Communication has content and relational dimensions Communication is dependent on individuals (perceptions, meanings, rules) If we are more in touch with our goals, we may be more competent Don’t have to think about taking steps when walking, but the experience might be more serene if you did Maybe focus more broadly on goals May have to adapt your goals Can you be appropriate, but not effective? We can be seen as very polite but our goals aren’t getting met Either effectiveness or appropriateness may be compromised to improve the other Models of Communication Action – Very linear communication Receiver either gets the message or doesn’t Interaction Transaction – Messier, more complicated This class is COMMUNICATION not COMMUNICATIONS Communication: A process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior Communications: The technology of the transmission of information (as by print or


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