What is communication?

The word communication comes from the Latin – communicare – which means “to communicate, to make a communication, to do together, to unite”. Thus, communication is understood as the understanding among each other, the exchange and transmission of information.

Communication is the basis of human togetherness. As the strongest bonding agent between us humans, it is impossible to imagine our everyday life without it. We use the instrument of communication to inform others about something or to ask them to do something. In return, we expect a reaction. Communication is thus based on the principle of reciprocity.

This exchange requires at least two people. We distinguish between the sender and the receiver of a message. Sender and receiver interact with each other, either in the form of words, but also with gestures and facial expressions. Therefore, we also distinguish verbal, from non-verbal communication.

What is communication?