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communication style


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Compare conversational styles.

1. The habitual mode of interaction of an individual, variously typified (usually in the context of communication skills training and often in relation to personality types). For example: aggressive, passive-aggressive, passive, or assertive.

2. Modes of communication stereotypically associated with gender, in which a masculine communication style is seen as instrumental, functional, and/or task-oriented, and a feminine style as expressive, social/relational, and/or person-oriented: see also difference model.

3. A dominant mode of interaction within a particular culture: see high-context; low-context.

4. Individual verbal or nonverbal behaviour functioning as a metamessage indicating how the message content is to be understood or an attitude towards it (e.g. indicating irony or a joke).

5. Lull's term for a recurrent style of interaction within a family: see concept-oriented communication; socio-oriented communication.

6. Institutional and managerial modes of human interaction: see also downward communication; upward communication.

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