PLUMMER'S (Human Comm.) PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER... ( the P-P-T-R's)
In addition to the 5 basic Principles of Interpersonal Communication mentioned in your text (Beebe, 4/5/6e | Chap1) , your instructor is giving you these additional 5 concepts to keep in mind throughout ALL of the topics to be studied THROUGHOUT the course. More background for each of these will be discussed in class.
>1< Some of the most distinguishing characteristics of Interpersonal Communication are:
- participants act as Senders AND Receivers
- participants interact in close proximity to each other
- the nonverbal part of the message has great weight on the overall meaning
- participants' emotions are more likely to be communicated-- not just informative content
>2< There are some cultural variations, but for the most part (especially in U.S. mainstream culture) Humans are Egocentric as well as Ethnocentric
>3< There are some cultural variations, but for the most part, Humans seek Similarity and Balance.
>4< Communication & Human Interaction proceeds according to Rules & Norms. Some of them are explicit & some of them are implicit, but they are THERE!
>5< Communication is Culture & Culture is Communication; therefore, all communicative interaction is culture-sensitive". In other words, every observation that you make about human interaction must take into consideration the cultural CONTEXT.