COMM 103 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Meta-Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intrapersonal Communication

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Communication: A First Look Ch 1
Whateer ords e utter should e hose ith are for people ill hear the ad e
iflueed  the for good or ill. – Buddha
communication the process by which we use signs, symbols, and
behaviors to exchange information and create meaning
why we communicate
o addresses physical needs (touch and positive interaction)
o meets relational needs
o fills identity needs (understand who we are)
o meets our spiritual needs (values, morals, belief in higher being)
o serves instrumental needs helps us get things
competent means being effective and appropriate
o effective how well your communication achieves its goals
(intended message is message received)
o appropriateness how well your communication complies with
the rules and expectations of the social situation (does it fit the
context)
Textbook Notes Chapter 1
Why We Communicate
communication the process by which people use signs, symbols, and
behaviors to exchange information and create meaning
relational needs the essential elements people seek in their
relationships with others
the most important predictor of happiness in life is whether or not the
person has a happy marriage
the way we communicate with others plays a major role in shaping the
way we see ourselves
instrumental needs practical everyday needs
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