Interpersonal Communication Essay

2309 Words Jul 27th, 2011 10 Pages
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…
This is producing an ever increasing need to communicate with others via; emails, texting and social networking. According to the quote by Donnell King interpersonal communication is: “inescapable, irreversible, complicated and contextual” King, D.(2000), Therefore the need to be constantly developing interpersonal communication skills in all facets, would be considered essential in both establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. Nonverbal communication is communication without words. “You communicate nonverbally when you gesture, smile or frown, widen your eyes, move your chair closer to someone, wear jewellery, touch someone or raise your vocal volume or even when you say nothing” DeVito, J. A. (2008). Nonverbal communication uses many sensory channels such as kinetics, sight and sound, on many occasions these may give more meaning to what is being said than the actual words themselves. Engleberg, Isa, N. (2006, pg, 133) as cited by (2011), “Physical expressions reveal many things about the person using them. For example, gestures can emphasize a point or relay a message, posture can reveal boredom or great interest, and touch can convey encouragement or caution. Body language would be the most pronounced form of non-verbal communication”,, (2011). The ability to read someone’s body language could be monumental in improving our

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