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Interpersonal Comm Chapter 1

ambiguity the condition in which a message may be interpreted as having more than one meaning.
asynchronous communication communication in which the individuals send and receive messages at different times (ex: email).
channel The medium through which signals are sent such as face-to-face, written, voicemail.
choice points Moments when you have to make a choice as to whom with, what, where and how to communicate.
competence The knowledge of communication and the ability to engage in communication effectively.
complementary relationship A relationship in which the behavior of one person stimulates the opposite complimentary behavior in another.
context the physical, psychological, social and temporal environment in which communication takes place
decoding the act of taking a message and interpreting it.
encoding the act of putting a message into a code to be sent
ethics The branch of philosophy that deals with the rightness and wrongness of an action
feedback Information that is given back to the source.
feedforward Information that is sent before a regular message to prepare the receiver about what is to follow.
inevitability Communication cannot be avoided, all behavior in an interactive setting is communication.
interpersonal communication Communication between two persons or among a small group who are connected in some way.
irreversibility Communication cannot be reversed, once something is communicated, it cannot be taken back.
message Any signal or combination of signals that serves as a stimulus for a receiver.
metamessage a message that is about another message, ex: Do you understand that?
mindfulness A state of awareness in which you are conscious of the reasons for your behavior.
mindlessness A lack of conscious awareness of your reasons for your behavior.
noise Anything that interferes with your receiving a message.
source-receiver Emphasizes that both functions are performed by each individual in an interpersonal message.
symmetrical relationship A relationship between two persons where one person's behavior stimulates the same behavior in another person.
Created by: Kirkster