As such, it is equivalent to self talk (Cunningham 1997). Interpreted as talking to oneself, Hood (2002) said this form of communication is useful for coping, in the same way that Cunningham (1997) looks at it as persuading oneself of something, or as attempts at interpreting the experience of self to oneself. Since the message is just a cipher or "nothing" according to Cunningham (1997), in terms of communication elements, the source is at the same time the receiver, or the stimuli is at the same time the receptor, hence there is no normal transfer. Cunningham (1997) then describes IaC as circular since the sender, receiver, and transmitter of the message, is one and the same. This is the reason Cunningham (1997) looks at intrapersonal communication theory with reservation.
Nevertheless, there are some positive functions noted for intrapersonal communication. For example, it can be used for problem solving as well as decision-making, as self-talk is therapeutic in stressful situations (Hood 2002). IaC, however, tends to portray how the source-receiver thinks about situations and this is expressed as the individual goes though his self-talk. (Hood 2002).
Looking at Intrapersonal communication as self-talk, C ...Show more