Interpersonal Communication

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  • A variety of discursive methods used by individuals to achieve certain goals that include persuading, informing, comforting, challenging, and other modes of dealing with people. Many sensory channels are used, but increasingly, the term refers not only to face-to-face encounters but also to mediated interaction through technological devices such as computers (e-mail) and telephones (also with text-messaging capabilities).

    All forms of interpersonal communication involve gaining knowledge of others. Varieties of interpersonal communication theories, strategies, and aims coexist. These include social penetration theory, or how we gain information about others; norm of reciprocity, or how individuals reveal themselves to others (dyadic effect or level of revealed intimacy); and compensation (one's behavior is countered by another, as in facial expressions; variations on this theory are expectancy violation, arousal ...

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