Thursday, September 2, 2010

General Purposes of Interpersonal Communication

I had to write a response to a group discussion I had in a class the other day, and it dealt with the 5 general purposes of interpersonal communication.  They are, Learn, Relate, Fun, Influence, and Help.  The following (my response) lays out how we used each of the purposes in our communication as a group.  This is a practical example, so that others can hopefully learn and apply to their lives as well.

Response to Group Discussion, using General Purposes of Interpersonal Communication

The outstanding general purpose of interpersonal communication that occurred during our group discussion was learning. As we went through each section, conversing on what we ranked where, we were able to learn more about each other’s individual preferences. As we began to do this, the second most important thing for us began to shine through. This was relating, as we continued through each section, we found ways to relate to each other. When we were nearing the end of our conversation, we began to just have fun. We had learned some about each other, and began to relate, which allowed us to enjoy our time with each other. As we built our relationship we moved on to a phase in which on some decisions we were able to influence each other as well. Throughout the entire process we helped each other with questions that one of us didn't quite understand. Within our entire discussion we were able to see how each of the five purposes related to us and our conversation.

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