ERIC Number: ED199781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Effective Listening: Key to Intimate Communication.
Intended for those who teach dyadic communication, this paper argues that each partner in an intimate relationship has two primary communication needs: (1) to listen, look at, and pay attention to the "self" in order to attain clear awareness as a source of information for self-disclosure; and (2) to listen, look at, and pay attention to the "other" and to respond with accurate empathic statements and nonverbal behaviors that communicate nonjudgmental understanding. Following a review of the literature, the paper presents an interactional model of intimate communication in which each partner alternates between being self-aware and other-aware and in which the interactional process consists of mutual self-disclosure and empathic responding. The paper concludes with a call for intensive training in self-awareness/self-disclosure and empathy in any program of instruction for intimate communication. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).