What Is Interpersonal Communication

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Interpersonal communication can be attributed as a reason to almost every conflict and misunderstanding.
So, what is interpersonal communication?
Interpersonal communication is humanity’s most vital characteristic and its biggest accomplishment. It is humans skill to turn meaningless grunts into articulated and composed words, across that they are able to make known their needs, wants, thoughts and feelings.
In simple words, senders and receivers who exchange messages containing ideas and feeling mixed together.
In simple words, it the transfer of messages from sender to receiver and transfer of feedback from receiver to sender. If a basic model has to be constructed to study interpersonal communication,
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• Inescapable
• Irreversible
• Complicated
• Contextual
The above have been delineated below.

 Inescapable
We can't not communicate. The very attempt to not communicate, makes us communicate. Not merely words, but across tone of voice and across gesture, posture, facial expression, etc., we keep communication with people around us. Also, through these channels, we keep receiving messages from others. Even when we sleep, we communicate. Basic principle of communication in general: people are not mind readers. One more method to put this is: people judge you by your deeds, not your intent.
 Complicated
The number of variables involved in communication, makes it very complex.
According to theorists, six types of people are generally involved in communication.
1) Who we think you are.
2) Who we think the other person is.
3) Who we think the other person thinks we are.
4) Who the other person thinks /she is.
5) Who the other person thinks we are.
6) Who the other person thinks you think s/he
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As per George Homans, Social exchange is defined as exchange of activity, tangible or intangible, and more or less rewarding or costly, between at least two persons. It states that communal deeds are consequences of transaction processes. And the motive behind the transaction is to maximize benefits and minimize costs. According to this theory, people weigh the dangers and rewards of a particular theory. If the rewards of a relationship is more than that of dangers, they continue to keep the relationship intact. But if the case is otherwise, i.e. if dangers are more than that of rewards, people terminate the relationship. This theory also suggests that we tend to find out the worth of a particular connection by weight the benefits and costs associated with the connection. When the benefits of a connection outweigh the costs associated with it then we form an affirmative connection, and when the prices are larger than the benefits it transpires as a negative

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