What is the Nature of Intrapersonal Communication?

Intrapersonal communication occurs within the self, which means that the sender of the message is also the receiver of the message and the provider of feedback. Some of the functions of intrapersonal communication are to clarify ideas, reflect on the self, or analyze a situation. Examples of intrapersonal communication include solo written communication such as writing a diary or a journal; solo vocal communication such as talking aloud to oneself and reading and thinking aloud; and internal discourse such as talking silently to oneself, thinking, concentrating, and daydreaming. In the internal process of communication, one reflects on and gives feedback about the elements that contribute to one’s self-concept, including one’s appearance, physical and psychological condition, ideal view of the self, moods and feelings, social traits, social roles, talents possessed or lack of talent, intellectual capacity, and beliefs.