The model presented in this chapter is only one possible representation of how interpersonal communication takes place. And, because it was introduced to explain certain foundation concepts, it was simplified to focus on two people in conversation. Either alone or in groups, construct your own diagrammatic model of the essential elements and processes involved in any one of the following interpersonal situations. Your models primary function should be to describe what elements are involved and what processes operate in the specific situation chosen. You may find it useful to define the situation in more specific terms before you begin constructing your model.
Sitting silently on the bus while trying to avoid talking with the person seated next to you.
Asking for a date on the phone to someone youve communicated with only on the Internet.
Meeting a new student in class.
Participating in a small workgroup to decide how to reduce operating costs.
Talking with someone who speaks a different language (which you dont know and who does not know your language) and comes from a culture very different from your own.
Arguing with a best friend.
Calling someone to try to get him or her to sign up with your telephone service.