What Is Interpersonal Communication?

Interpersonal communication refers to communication and the transference of information between two people. There are many examples of interpersonal communication, between a boss and employee, wife and husband, and mother and child.

There are four known principles of interpersonal communication. They assume that interpersonal communication is complicated, irreversible, inescapable and contextual. Fundamentally, this means that communication with others cannot be avoided, cannot be changed once words have been spoken, cannot happen in isolation and has complications. Even a simple piece of interpersonal communication, such as a request, can be highly complex in nature. Interpersonal communication can happen between more than two people.