Dyadic Communication

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  • Communication between two people. A husband and wife, a parent and child, a job interviewer and the interviewee, a police interrogator and a suspect, two people on a date, a beggar and a passerby, two partners in a business are all examples of dyads. Dyadic communication has special characteristics. In face-to-face communication, dyads allow for more accurate and immediate feedback than would a large audience or even a small group. Communication apprehension often lessens in established dyads when compared with larger groups. Within dyads, power roles may influence the ability to decode messages. Within groups and organizations, different dyads may have different levels of cohesiveness and importance to the participants. For example, the relationship between a boss and an employee differs from that between two ...

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