Anti Essays offers essay examples to help students with their essay writing.

Sign Up

Interpersonal Communication Skills Essay

  • Submitted by: sabaram
  • on May 21, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,138 words

Open Document

Below is an essay on "Interpersonal Communication Skills" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

Interpersonal Communication Theories and Concepts: Social Penetration Theory, Self-Disclosure, Uncertainty Reduction Theory, and Relational Dialectics Theory
Social Penetration Theory (SPT)
Key Points
    • SPT is a theory about the development of “relational closeness.”
    • Relational closeness can progress from superficial to intimate.
    • Closeness develops through self-disclosure.
Closeness varies according to the following factors:
    • Rewards/benefits
    • Costs/vulnerability
    • Satisfaction
    • Stability and security
“Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying . . .
What I'd like to be able to say . . .
What for survival I need to say . . .
But what I can't say." - Unknown
Self-disclosure is sharing with someone information which helps him or her understand you. Self-disclosure is most revealing when the sharing is in the present and least revealing when the sharing is about the past.  -- D. Johnson, Reaching Out:Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization (Boston: Allyn and Bacon) 1997 ,p.33.
Self-Disclosure Characteristics
    • The story always represents the storyteller (the person disclosing).
    • SD stimulates feedback.  The quality of the feedback is related to the amount and relevance of self-disclosure we  receive and share with others.
    • Self-disclosure can be most revealing or least revealing.
Self-Disclosure Definitions
** S. Jourard (in The Transparent Self) defines self-disclosure as making ourselves "transparent" to others through our communication--i.e., when we tell others things about ourselves which help them to see our uniqueness as a human being.
** Culpert distinguishes between self-description vs. self-disclosure. Self-description involves communication that levels "public layers" whereas self-disclosure involves communication that reveals more private, sensitive, and confidential information.
** Pearce & Sharp make an interesting distinction among three...

Show More


MLA Citation

"Interpersonal Communication Skills". Anti Essays. 22 Jul. 2018


APA Citation

Interpersonal Communication Skills. Anti Essays. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from the World Wide Web: https://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/Interpersonal-Communication-Skills-264516.html