Friday, October 5, 2007

Communication Models

Hi Everyone

Just adding to my research on interpersonal communication.

This model was discussed in our week 3 tutorial and is sourced from
There is always a sender and a receiver in communication. At least there is an intended receiver. In the diagram above A is the sender, B is the receiver.

A and B have different personal realities. They each have their own world formed by their experiences, their perceptions, their ideas, etc. They will perceive, experience, and interpret things differently. The same event will always be perceived a little different by each of two people.

The Transition Model and Feedback Loop

This model was also discussed in our week 3 tutorial and is sourced from
This link looks interesting, I agree with the authors comments "Communication is a tricky business. We often are attempting to hit a moving target. Words seem to disappear into thin air, and we wonder if they have touched the listener's heart".

Three weeks ago I started to read 'Blink' the book that James was talking about 2 lectures ago. I thought it was quite fitting that I had started to read the book considering the topic I have on interpersonal communication. Blink is a book by Malcolm Gladwell, I read his first book a few years ago called 'The Tipping Point' if you get a chance to read this book do so, because it was quite insightful in terms of social influences. James placed an excerpt of a chapter from 'Blink' on e-reserve, if you get a chance to run your eyes over it you will find some interesting insights into the observation of relationships, communication, nuances, body language and social influences.

I hope your blog research is going well.


James Neill said...

Hi Michelle,

Nice work on presenting these models. These could well be useful in your essay as Figures. I'll still not sure which model is the simplest and clearest for helping people to understand and learn the basics of effective communication.

Your post also reminded me of a book from a while back, Handbook to Higher Consciousness".

My other thought is for you to check out Transactional Analysis. It has a different and more complex model of relationships and communication which I've found practically useful. One of the classic texts describing this approach is "I'm OK, you're OK".

James Neill said...

I've added some Communication Skills links which might be useful for you.