What is the definition of interpersonal communication, and what are the differences between impersonal and interpersonal communication?
? Intrapersonal Communication
Intrapersonal communication takes place within a single person, often for the purpose of clarifying
ideas or analyzing a situation. [ Other times, intrapersonal communication is undertaken in order to
reflect upon or appreciate something. Three aspects of intrapersonal communication are selfconcept,
perception and expectation.
?? Self-concept is the basis for intrapersonal communication, because it determines how a persona
sees him/herself and is oriented toward others. Self-concept (also called self-awareness) involves
three factors: beliefs, values and attitudes. Beliefs are basic personal orientation toward what is
true or false, good or bad; beliefs can be descriptive or prescriptive. Values are deep-seated
orientations and ideals, generally based on and consistent with beliefs, about right and wrong
ideas and actions. Attitudes are learned predisposition toward or against a topic, ideals that stem
from and generally are consistent with values. Attitudes often are global, typically emotional.
Beliefs, values and attitudes all influence behavior, which can be either spoken opinion or
physical action. Some psychologists include body image as an aspect of intrapersonal
communication, in that body image is a way of perceiving ourselves, positively or negatively,
according to the social standards of our culture. Other things that can affect self-concept are
personal attributes, talents, social role, even birth order.
?? Whereas self-concept focuses internally, perception looks outward. Perception of the outside
world also is rooted in beliefs, values and attitudes. It is so closely intertwined with self-concept
that one feeds off the other, creating a harmonious understanding of both oneself and one’s
?? Meanwhile, expectations are future-oriented messages dealing with long-term roles, sometimes
called life scripts. ] Expert answered|wisbest|Points 261|
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