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A Review of Intrapersonal Communication

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Running Head: Intrapersonal Communication A Review of Intrapersonal Communication American International University - Dubai Table of Contents Introduction 3 Definition of Intrapersonal Communication 3 Intrapersonal Communication Is More Than just Talking to Oneself 3 Intrapersonal Communication Is at the Center of All Communication 4 Operations and Properties of Intrapersonal Communication 5 Operations of Intrapersonal Communication 6 Properties and Characteristics of Intrapersonal Communication 6 Functions of Intrapersonal Communication 7 Criticisms of Intrapersonal Communication 8 Conclusion 9 References 10 A Review of Intrapersonal Communication Introduction Communication is not dominated by fixed social rules; it is a two-step process in which the speaker first takes in stimuli from the outside environment, assessing and selecting from among them in regards of his/her own cultural background, personal history, and what he/she knows about his/her receiver. He/she then decides on the norms that apply to the situation at hand. These norms determine the speaker's selection from among the communicative options available for encoding his intention (Gumperz and Hymes, 1986). Intrapersonal communication is communication that a person has with him or herself. Although some might assert that no communication is needed if only one individual is involved, but then we communicate with ourselves all the time. Definition of Intrapersonal Communication Intrapersonal communication is the basic level from which all other forms of human communication are derived. ...read more.

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Other claims have more to do with the characteristics or properties of intrapersonal communication. For example, some believe that intrapersonal communication is the foundation of all communication, and that it is an important source of self-knowledge. The first step in understanding what intrapersonal communication is all about; it is significant to provide a list of operations and characteristics of intrapersonal communication. http://www.usm.maine.edu/~com/intrabook/IAC.doc In the account that follows, both operations and characteristics commonly accredited to intrapersonal communication have been identified and assembled. The following does not pretend to be complete, but they are representative. Operations of Intrapersonal Communication Talking to oneself: is the process of communicating within oneself, of inner speech, or a self-contained communication system within the person. An internal dialogue or interchange of meanings between parts of the person, such as consciousness and the unconscious. This related operation is the transfer of messages between the brain and other parts of an individual. A process whereby a person transacts with the environment or adapts to the environment; a process of manipulating signals (stimuli) impinging upon us from without or even from within is accredited to intrapersonal communication. Perception is another operation, a process whereby the individual receives, stores, and retrieves information or symbolic abstractions. Intrapersonal communication comes up as an easily identifiable word in the literature of persuasion. ...read more.

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In contrast to this normal acceptance, intrapersonal communication hypothesizes a message transfer within the individual. This means that the intrapersonal communication model is in sharp conflict with standard models of communication. Intrapersonal Communication as a Radically Private Language By definition, the message is unavailable for public examination. "Message" in its normal, nonmetaphorical sense, means a symbolically structured text that, in principle at least, is accessible to more than one person. But the message of intrapersonal communication is so private and undetermined that not only agreement but even disagreement about its symbolic or nonsymbolic status is ruled out. The Nonspecificity of intrapersonal communication The difficulties involved in trying to see how community, personhood and message do or do not apply to intrapersonal communication are aspects that depict much more comprehensive defects in the intrapersonal communication model - namely, its non-specificity and general impression of being indeterminate. Conclusion Intrapersonal communication processes are essential to the communication event. In order to understand how we communicate, we need to understand how we derive meaning through our intrapersonal communication processes. Intrapersonal communication is the foundation for all communication. It begins with language and thought itself, but includes our perception of what language and thought are. Every individual may see something and assume a particular attitude toward the subject; however, one can be certain that each assumption made is distinctly different. Intrapersonal communication is a challenge because we have so many variations that arise from our perceptions at particular moments. ...read more.

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