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What is the difference between interpersonal and intrapersonal?

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greyshipskin | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted July 28, 2011 at 9:36 PM via web

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What is the difference between interpersonal and intrapersonal?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 28, 2011 at 9:49 PM (Answer #1)

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The difference is that "interpersonal" refers to relationships or actions that take place between two or more people while "intrapersonal" refers to things that go on exclusively within one person.

"Inter" is a prefix meaning "between."  That is why, in the US, we have interstate highways.  These are highways that go between states.  We have intermediate schools in some places.  These are schools that go between grade school and high school.  Similarly, we have interpersonal relations that are between two or more people.

"Intra" is a prefix meaning "within."  In schools, we sometimes have intramural sports.  This means that the sports are "within the walls" of the school.  They are sports played against teams from within the same school.  Similarly, we have intrapersonal issues which exist only within one person.

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