Model Of Interpersonal Communication

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SECTION A: Intrapersonal Communication: “Intra” means “within or “inside”. Intrapersonal communication is a communicator 's internal use of language or thought. A model which contains a sender, receiver and feedback loop is a useful tool to grasp the concept. It is a common mistake to associate intrapersonal communication as one being crazy or insane, but inner thoughts, feelings, the way we make decisions, to name a few, are how we communicate within. Intrapersonal communication is, in my opinion, the first type of communication that a human develops. As a baby, we communicate within and interpret signals sent by the brain such as hunger, pain and fatigue without being able to communicate verbally. (Cunningham, 1992) Interpersonal communication: “Interpersonal communication is an exchange of information between two or more people. It is also an area of study. Communication skills are developed and may be enhanced or improved with increased knowledge and practice. During interpersonal communication there is message sending and message receiving.” (Thompson and Parrot, 2002, p. 680) There is a certain criteria for interpersonal communication. These include: There must be two or more people, verbal and non-verbal codes are used and feedback and exchange are immediate. (Mersham and Skinner, 1999, p. 90) Small group communication: Communication in small groups is interpersonal communication within groups of between 3 and 20 individuals. Groups generally work in a context that
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