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Interpersonal Communication Vocab

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

2. 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.

3. Contains a message with more than one meaning. The words are highly abstract or have meanings private to the speaker alone.

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

5. Has two or more equally plausible meanings

6. 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

7. When communicators aren't prepared to argue but still want to register dissatisfaction.

8. First type of defense-arousing message; judges other person usually in a negative way

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

10. Process of paying close attention to one's own behavior and using these observations to shape the way one behaves.

11. Process of attaching meaning to behavior.

12. Culturally understood substitutes for verbal expressons - E.g. Nodding head up and down for yes/no

13. Plays a role in virtually every interpersonal act.

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

15. Not being malicious; is seen as helpful

16. Image you want to present to the world

17. Signals a lack of regard - E.g. 'I don't like you' 'I Don't care about you'

18. A mirroring of the judgements of those around him or her.

19. Stories we use to describe our personal worlds.

20. 5th behavior creating a defensive climate. A message that suggests 'I'm better than you.'

21. When people treat one another as unique individuals - regardless of the context in which the interaction occurs or the number of people involved.

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

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

24. Any interaction between more than two people.

25. Study of how people communicate through bodily movements.

26. Closer range public distance. Beyond 25 feet two-way communication is almost impossible.

27. Definse-arousing messages in which speakers hide their ulterior motives.

28. Two-person interacting

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

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

31. Ability to re-create another person's perspective - to experience the world from his/her point of view -

32. Process by which communicators influence each other's perceptions through communication.

33. Fourth behavior that arouses defensiveness. 'Indifference' - E.g. 911 telephone dispatchers

34. Study of how the eyes can communicate.

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

36. Degrees of self-dsclosure.

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

38. Taking a positive approach to the term; presenting and defending positions on issues while attacking positions taken by others.

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

40. People may have strong opinions but are willing to acknowledge that they don't have a corner on the truth and will change their stand if they are wrong.

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

42. Exaggerated beliefs associated with a categorizing system.

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

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

45. It says 'you're wrong'. Includes recognition and acknowledgment. Can devastate another person.

46. Part of self-concept that involves evaluations of self-worth.

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

48. Expresses how you feel about the other person.

49. Ability to construct a variety of different frameworks for viewing an issue.

50. Messages expressed by nonlinguistic means.