Interpersonal communication involves the relationship between two people and how they communicate with one another. There are many different types of relationships that people have with others. Each different type of relationship requires different types of communication. Not every relationship is the same and the way people communicate with one another is a very important aspect of how the relationship works. Interpersonal communication is impacted by emotions and at times these emotions can cause obstacles within relationships. Another important aspect of a relationship is one’s cultural beliefs. Every culture is different and this means adjusting your relationship accordingly. Emotions play a very important role when discussing interpersonal communication within a relationship. There are circumstances that can result in a variety of mixed feelings between people and unless clearly understood can cause problems in many cases. According to DeVito (2009), "Theorists do not agree over whether you can choose the emotions you feel. Some argue that you can; others argue that you cannot. You are, however, in control of the ways in which you express your emotions" (p. 165) Emotions are the way a person is feeling and sometimes reacting to what you are being told can be seen in nonverbal methods as well. The way you hold yourself, your posture, whether you are maintaining eye contact, if you blush, crying, laughing, there are so many different ways that one needs to be mindful when reacting to what is being said. It is important as a therapist to maintain healthy relationships with clients and not let emotions that we may be feeling be shown if they are not appropriate.
A therapist may feel bad over something a client tells them but they must control their emotions and show empathy but not let a client feel that they are
References: DeVito, J. (2009) The Interpersonal Communication Book 12th ed. Allyn & Bacon (Pearson): Boston. http://forbescomm2110.blogspot.com