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Interpersonal Communication Vocab

Subject : soft-skills
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1. The tendency to form an overall positive impression a person on the basis of the positive characteristics.

2. Cues that help control verbal interaction - E.g. Wide array of turn-taking signals in everyday conversation.

3. Used with people who are emotionally close to us - and then mostly in private situation. Letting someone this close is a sign of trust. 18 inches.

4. When we judge ourselves in the most generous terms possible.

5. Two messages that seem to deny or contradict each other - one at the verbal level and the other at the nonverbal level.

6. Study of how communication is affected by the use - organization - and perception of space and distance.

7. Social tone of a relationship; way people feel about each other as they carry out activities

8. Degrees of self-dsclosure.

9. Describes the abundance of nonverbal cues that add clarity to a verbal message.

10. Contrasts with strategy. Being honest with others rather than manipulating them.

11. Fields of experience that help them make sense of others behavior.

12. Two-person interacting

13. Provides another way to interact by electronics - E.g. email - texting - IM - social networking - and blogging

14. Personal invisible bubble; our own area. People's personal space vary.

15. Describes the study of how humans use and structure time.

16. Describes the way a message is spoken; vocal rate - pronunciation - pitch - tone - volume and emphasis.

17. Image you want to present to the world

18. Tendency to seek information that conforms to an existing self-concept.

19. Verbal or nonverbal; Indicates a response to the previous passage/message.

20. Determination of causes and effects in a series of interactions.

21. Someone who is positive they're right.

22. Even though the group may have greater talent in certain areas - they see other human beings as having just as much worth as themselves.

23. Fails to acknowledge the other person's communicative attempt - verbally or nonverbally - E.g. Failing to return a phone call

24. Making comments totally unrelated to what the other person was just saying.

25. Plays a role in virtually every interpersonal act.

26. Distance between communicators can have a powerful effect on how we regard and respond to others. 4 feet to 12 feet.

27. Process of attaching meaning to behavior.

28. A group of ambiguous gestures; fidgeting - movements in which one part of the body grooms - messages - rubs - hold - pinches - picks or otherwise manipulates another part.

29. A way to offer thoughts - feelings - and wants without judging the listener.

30. Involve our attaching meaning to first-order things or situations.

31. First step to perception; where data we will attend to.

32. The relatively stable set of perceptions you hold of yourself.

33. 5th behavior creating a defensive climate. A message that suggests 'I'm better than you.'

34. Most destructive way to disagree with another person. Tendency to 'attack the self-concepts of other people in order to inflict psychological pain.' Demeans the worth of others - E.g. Name calling - put downs - sarcasm

35. Messages that we perceive as challenging the image we want to project

36. Area that serves as an extension of our physical being.

37. Once we form a first impression-whether it's positive or negative- we tend to seek out and organize our impressions to support that opinion.

38. Messages that convey valuing - E.g. 'you exist' 'you're important'

39. Acknowledge the other person's communication - but used to steer the conversation in a new direction. Comes in 2 forms: tangential shift and tangential drift

40. Reciprocal pattern of climate patterns. Can be positive or negative.

41. Physical traits - personality characteristics - attitudes - aptitudes; image you want to present to the world

42. Distinguishes the study of touching.

43. People we use to evaluate our own characteristics.

44. Person whose evaluations are especially influential.

45. Not being malicious; is seen as helpful

46. Speaking before you think - blurting out loud - tendency to transmit messages without considering their consequences.

47. Communicators focus on finding a solution that satisfies both their own needs and those of the others involved.

48. When a sender seems to be imposing a solution on the receiver with little regard for the receiver's needs or interests.

49. Stammering and the use of 'uh' - 'um' and 'er'

50. Provides a better way to check and to share your interpretations. Has three parts.