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What is the difference between interpersonal and intrapersonal?

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greyshipskin | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) 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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psyproffie | College Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted January 6, 2015 at 12:01 AM (Answer #2)

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When looking at forms of communication there are interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.

When you are looking at interpersonal communication you are looking at the relationship and sharing of information between two individuals how of effective those people are at communicating the meaning of their information so the other person “hears what they say” and that what person B hears and understands is what person A meant to communicate.

When you are looking at intrapersonal communication the focus is on the perception of language or thought of the person who is communicating instead of the person receiving the message. The focus is also on one person, not two people communicating. Some factors of intrapersonal communication include oral reading, writing, and an individual’s internal monologue about a topic. The focus is on how we as individuals process and understand information we receive from the environment to make it into useful information.


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