Theories Of Communication

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Theories of communication

Argyle’s communication cycle

According to Argyle, skilled interpersonal interactions all involve a cycle in which you have to translate or ‘decode’ what other people are communicating and constantly adapting to your own.

Argyle stated that you have to watch what you’re doing all the time, responding to everything by thinking them through first and then constantly repeating it till you have achieved your goal. Argyle linked this to interpersonal interaction because you have to concentrate what is being said, to understand it and then thinking how to respond to the person, and then reflecting back to them, showing you understood. This is then why Argyle created the communication cycle because he believed that we decode what other people are saying and that we are repeatedly processing our behaviour to communicate effectively back to them.

Argyle’s stages of the communication cycle centre’s six concepts which are:

  • An idea occurs
  • Message coded
  • Message sent
  • Message received
  • Message decoded
  • Message understood
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The first stage is when an idea occurs; this is when you process what you are going to say and who you are going to say it to. The second stage is message coded; this is when you have thought through what you are exactly going to say but also when you’re planning to say it. Next is, message sent, this is where you speak or sign what you are going to say. Then comes, message received, this is when the person you are speaking with has listened to what you had to say. The fifth stage is message ...

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