ACAP Student ID: 194574
Name: Martine Fraser
Course: Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Bassix)
Unit/Module: Interpersonal Communication
Educator: Samadhi Driscoll
Assessment Name: Communication is not an easy process. It involves verbal and non-verbal attempts to assist the other person understand what we are trying to communicate. Yet it often fails.
Assessment Number: 1
Term & Year: Term 3, 2011
Word Count: 2020
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Communication and communication styles, verbal, non-verbal and written, are complex processes and has been described as being “circular and continuous, without end or beginning” De Vito (2007). We do both, at the same time, speaking and listening, questioning and responding in an interaction between us and others. It includes, interpersonal communication (sharing thoughts and ideas, our feelings and emotions, understanding others and being understood), self-awareness (knowing oneself), emotional intelligence (knowledge of self and others) and empathy (being aware of other people’s feelings, needs and issues). It is also, learning about each other, building rapport, breaking down communication barriers, and is essential, to building relationships throughout our lives with other...