Forms of Communication

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Communication means transferring messages from one to another through any medium. There are various levels in communication like Intrapersonal communication, Interpersonal communication, Group communication and Mass communication.

Mass communication plays the vital role because it reaches very large number of audience. Basically Mass communication has two forms one is Interpersonal communication and another one is media communication.

Five major forms of communication:

  • Intrapersonal Communication
  • Dyadic Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Public Communication
  • Mass Communication

Fig. A. Intrapersonal Communication

Intrapersonal communication is a communication which happens yourself. Here both Source (sender) and receiver is only one. so, the feedback works without any interruption. Example: A person can communicate himself through pain, thinking, feelings and emotion etc.

Fig. B. Dyadic Communication

In Dyadic communication, two persons are involved in this communication process. Here the Source becomes a receiver and receiver become Source because of dynamic communication process were the feedback’s are shared between Source and the receiver.

Fig. C. Small Group Communication

More than two members involved in communication process will become a group communication. If least number of persons is involved in the group communication is called as small group communication. In this communication process, everyone becomes a Source as well as receiver through sharing information and gives feedback to another.

Fig. D. Public Communication

In public communication, Source or messages from a single person will reach or received by huge number of audience. But in this communication there is no mutual feedbacks between source and receiver like small group communication and it’s only focused on Speaker.

Fig. E. Mass Communication

In mass communication, basically have a large number of audience and they are all can’t grouped together in one place so we need certain tool or technology for communication process. But in mass communication, there is no direct access with receiver. So, for that they need media like newspaper, radio, television and internet. Here the audience feedback is very less or delayed.

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Yvette Best August 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

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matthew February 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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Jay February 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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David Langa February 23, 2016 at 4:19 pm

thank you in advance.
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mpangala j March 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm

it gives great understanding on forms of communication,thanks

rica April 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm


Noeline May 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

I thought they were horizontal,vertical,diagonal and intrapersonal despite of the given above.

Melchizedeck May 24, 2016 at 12:15 am

Hi,can you please tell me cultural forms of communication

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kelvin November 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

thanks for such good information and can i get the importance of intergroup communication

piyu November 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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Mirembe Joan December 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

Thought thy were the upwards downwards diagonal ad horizontal

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Chuma sikuta April 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Thax a lot for the enlightenment on forms of communication, I can now be able to differentiate from types

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vinimatic April 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

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Gabriel Cabinda July 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm


Thank you so much for your information which is easy to understand,

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