Notes from Course Introduction




In looking at three clips from "My Cousin Vinny" which of them could NOT be considered an example of Interpersonal Communication?

Answer:  All of them are, in fact, examples of interpersonal communication.

The court room scene would APPEAR to be outside the realm of interpersonal communication because:


And yet, there IS interpersonal communication going on between Vinny and Lisa.
For the most part, that communication is conducted through gestures and intonation more than through language itself, but they communicate nonetheless.
Note the differences in Lisa's expressions below



Here, Lisa expresses her contempt and anger at Vinny's insensitivity and forcefullness
Here, Lisa expresses her joy that Vinny has come to rely on her help, AND has apologized to her through "code" by kissing her hands.