Many people confuse
intrapersonal communication activities with interpersonal communication
activities. Intrapersonal communication activities occur within your
mind while interpersonal communication activities occur between two
Although we spend
a large amount of time talking with other people, intrapersonal communication
dominates the majority of our communication and has the largest impact
upon our personal attitudes, successes and/or failure.
e.g. interpreting maps, texts, signs, and symbols
non-verbal communication e.g. gestures, eye contact
between body parts; e.g. "My stomach is telling me it's time
- Nocturnal dreaming
- And many others...
Do you think you
have enough mental discipline for intrapersonal communication activities?
Okay, try this:
- Set a timer
or alarm for 10 minutes. Sit down and do nothing.
- Reacting endlessly
to the pleasant or unpleasant feelings, the mind grows more unmanageable
and controlling of your attention. It's as if the mind has a mind
of its own!
- With this loss
of control comes anxiety and fear.
That is where intrapersonal
communication activities can be extremely effective. There are hundreds
of courses and books on mental discipline that can help you create the
process you need to structure your thoughts. However, below are some
intrapersonal activities that will help you slow down and control your
- When feeling
anxious or nervous: Breathe! Slow down breathing, take deep breaths
and exhale as slowly as possible.
and focus on one item then slowly and deliberately move to another.
- Close your eyes
and think about your body. Not how it looks, but how it feels. Mentally
search your entire body SLOWLY. Where are you tense? This takes practice,
but within a short amount of time, you will become more aware, or
‘tuned’, to your body. Consciously relax any body parts
that feel tense.
- Set a timer
or alarm for a specified amount of time, i.e. 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes.
Pick one topic and think ONLY about that topic. Note when your mind
begins to wander and bring it back to the topic. I can almost guarantee
the first time you do it you will spend more time thinking about how
much time is left!
If you are still
looking for more assistance with intrapersonal communication, one of
our personal or executive coaches may be what you are looking for. Several
coaches are carefully selected depending upon your background and then
you select the coach you would like to work with. Our customers have
had tremendous success using this service.
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