What Is Dyadic Communication?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:26:07 PM ET
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Dyadic communication occurs when two people have a direct interaction. Dyadic communication is a form of interpersonal discussion. A conversation is just one form of communication.

When you understand communication between two people, you have a better idea of how to have good communication with others. How can you communicate better with your friends and family members? Learn about dyadic communication to see how.

How Formal Is Dyadic Communication?

Dyadic communication is often intimate and personal, but it can also be impersonal. It can take on different moods, from cheerful to somber. There are two types of dyadic communication: formal and informal. The type of communication affects your approach.

Formal communication occurs at a job interview or at therapy. Formal communication can occur in person or on the phone. It can also happen when a boss gives instructions or dictates information for another to follow or write down. Formal discussion often occurs when one person is in a position of power.

Informal dyadic communication includes talking to friends or with family members. When you talk over video chat, make phone calls, or share memories at the dining room table, you are having dyadic communication.

As you can see, dyadic communication comes in several forms. Your communication depends on what kinds of situations you find yourself in when you talk to others.

Understanding Conversation

Conversation is the most common form of dyadic communication. In a conversation, each person takes turns being the listener and the speaker. It's important to take on the role of being an active listener and a strong speaker. Each person needs to understand the other person’s view, even if they do not agree.

Dyadic communication does not include those times where somebody might say something quickly on the street and continue moving. It does not happen when one person is giving a speech to many people. It requires a back-and-forth exchange of ideas to be considered a conversation.

The Meaning of Dyadic

A dyad is a group of two things that share some traits. When we talk about dyads in communication, we talk about verbal communication between two people. People who communicate this way may share the same or similar thoughts, behaviors, ideas, likes and dislikes. They may even share a common goal.

Communication Competence

One factor in dyadic communication is known as communication competence. Competent communication is appropriate and effective. The situational context has a lot to do with the competence. Culture also matters. So does the relationship between the two people.

 Keep in mind that you can learn to be more competent in your communication. For example, you can learn how communication patterns work. You must be able to adapt to different patterns to communicate better.

Active listening is important for anyone who wants to develop more competence. Paraphrase and acknowledge the other person’s statements with the desire to understand. Make sure you give the speaker your undivided attention too. Providing feedback also shows you're listening well.

 Dyadic Communication Is Important

Good dyadic communication brings people together. It has social benefits. It also provides a professional benefit of ensuring people understand each other. Those who lack communication competence may struggle with personal and professional relationships.

When people are not active listeners, they may give the impression that they are not interested in the things other people say. Strong communication does more than allow people to convey information. It also lets them to build stronger relationships.