Interpersonal Communications: Final Project
Self-concept and its importance
Self-concept, emotions and perception all play a key role in interpersonal communications. Self-concept is who you are, which affects how you communicate with others because the relationship of who you are to the other person (Foundations, 33). The way you feel makes you react in different ways based upon the emotion you are feeling. The perception you have on any subject, is going to vary from someone else's there it too affects the outcome of communication (Wood, 175). Emotions, perception and self-concept affect the way we communicate and the way we respond.
Emotional intelligence is important to interpersonal communications, because it allows you to interpret what the other person is expressing to you and it allows you to respond accordingly (Relationships). Emotions are often internally experienced through physiological changes such as increased heart rate, a tense stomach, or a cold chill. These physiological reactions may not be noticeable by others and are therefore intrapersonal unless we exhibit some change in behavior that clues others into our internal state or we verbally or nonverbally communicate our internal state. Sometimes our behavior is voluntary—we ignore someone, which may indicate we are angry with them—or involuntary—we fidget or avoid eye contact while talking because we are nervous. When we communicate our emotions, we call attention to ourselves and provide information to others that may inform how they should react (Emotions). In the study, Interpersonal Effects of Emotion in a Multi-round Trust Game, with groups of two people happy partners generated higher levels of trust than angry partners even after repeated experience in a context in which emotional displays are not predictive of the partners’ cooperation rates. The trust between two people will impact the way they communicate...