Interpersonal communication is defined by Michael Cody as:
the exchange of symbols used to achieve interpersonal goals(28).
Does this definition include everything, or does it only include certain
things?. When we are dealing with the issue of interpersonal
communication we must realize that people view it differently. In this
paper I will develop my own idea or definition of what interpersonal
communication is. I will then proceed to identify any important
assumptions or issues that become important in the definition that I
choose. Finally, I will provide examples of communicative and non-
communicative events based on my definition.
Interpersonal communication, in my opinion, is the exchange
of information verbal or non-verbal between two, no more than 5 or
6, people for the purpose of getting a feedback and sharing
information. Interpersonal communication is not interpersonal if it
involves too many people. When the number of people exceeds a
certain amount it is no longer interpersonal communication,it then
becomes mass communication.
In my definition it is vital that feed-
back be given to the person that is doing the communicating. When
feedback is not present then the lines of communication break down
and then there is no communication at all. Even if the message is
perceived wrong interpersonal communication still exists as long as
the feedback is given. For example: when you talk to someone that
is hard of hearing and you ask them to do something and they hear
you say something other than what you said there is still
interpersonal communication, although it is miscommunication. If the
person, however, does not here the speaker at all and does not give
any feedback, then interpersonal communication has not been
established according to my definition.
Another important dimension to my definition is that the
information is exchanged in order to share...