Lecture 2 - Week 2 Notes
PYB007 – Individual Differences
Communication begins with the ‘self’. The way communication reaches us and the way we
interpret it, as well as the way we deal then respond to that communication and relay it to
others, all begins with ourselves and the way we perceive ourselves.
Things we will discuss today:
We must look at ourselves and the things that make us individuals
The aspects of ourselves that we could perhaps improve upon in order to help our
communication with others
Things like personality and particularly tools such as humour (which could be used in
Our own personal control in communication
Perceptions of power and their influence on communication, and how to find a
balance of power
What are individual differences?
Things that make you unique from others e.g. personality, beliefs, likes/dislikes etc.
Some things can be changed such as:
And there are some things that are considered to be relatively stable such as:
These things may affect the way we communicate for example our age – we communicate
very differently now from the way we did when we were five years old. As a result, our
power may also have changed as we are in a position of more power in communication than
when we were five.
What influences your ‘self’?
Needs, interests, expectations
o Travel – cross cultural communication
o Family – middle, oldest, youngest child affects communication
Internal working models