Communicating Ethically in Our Everyday Lives

Author(s): Sally Vogl-Bauer

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 258


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When it comes to interpersonal communication ethics, ignorance is not bliss.

We learn our ethics, and we can choose to develop, enhance, or modify our behaviors to reflect that type of person we are capable of being in our interactions with others.

Communicating Ethically in Our Everyday Lives provides readers with opportunities to pause and reflect on what it means to engage in ethical communication with others.  It defines and explains the relationship between ethics, ethical communication, and ethical interpersonal communication and ultimately helps the reader to identify ethical interpersonal communication in people’s verbal and nonverbal messages.

Communicating Ethically in Our Everyday Lives

  • provides realistic scenarios and situations throughout to help the reader to apply concepts presented.
  • explains the factors used to assess ethical interpersonal communication.
  • helps the reader to identify ethical interpersonal communication in people’s verbal and nonverbal messages.

Chapter 1: The Big Picture: Understanding Interpersonal Communication Ethics
Defining Ethical Communication
Definitions of Ethics, Ethical Communication, and Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Assessing Ethical Reasoning and Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Identifying Ethical Communication in Interpersonal Exchanges
Verbal Messages
Nonverbal Messages
Integrating Ethics Into the Interpersonal Communication Process
Sender Responsibilities
Receiver Responsibilities
Communication Channel Decisions
Noise/Interference Factors
Feedback Considerations
Valuing Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Personal Reasons for Studying Interpersonal Communication Ethics
Societal Reasons for Studying Interpersonal Communication Ethics

Chapter 2: The Ultimate Merger: Interpersonal Communication Ethics and Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking Framework
Defining Critical Thinking
Understanding Critical Thinking in the Context of Interpersonal Communication
Assessing Critical Thinking and Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Shared Features and Limitations of Ethical Interpersonal Communication and Critical Thinking in Communication Exchanges
Explanation of Issues
Influence of Context and Assumptions
Inability to Provide Advance Assessment
Knowing Is Not Necessarily Doing
Sender/Receiver Decisions Tied to Critical Thinking and Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Effectiveness and Appropriateness
Ownership of Thoughts and Actions

Chapter 3: Who’s Ethics? The Formalization and Demonstration of Ethical Guidelines
Factors Associated With Formal Ethical Guidelines
Practice and Implementation
Workplace Indicators of Semi-Formal Ethical Guidelines
Mission Statements
Personnel Policies and Rules
Messages From Leadership
Messages From and Between Employee
Interpersonal Communication Displays of Personal Ethical Guidelines
Religious Beliefs
Everyday Ethical Expressions and Philosophies
Identifying Ethical Interpersonal Communication Guidelines
Using Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Explicit Messages or Oaths
Symbols and Artifacts
Individual Verbal and Nonverbal Messages

Chapter 4: The Information Dilemma: Building Your Ethical Interpersonal Communication Foundation
Managing Information Content
Facts Versus Opinions
Alternative Facts Versus “Alternative Facts”
Real Versus Fake News
Managing Information Quantity
Information Overload
Information Underload
Consumption Patterns
Managing Information Quality
Credibility of Information
Information Bias or Leanings
Potential Conflicts of Interest
Communication Theories That Involve Processing Information
Uncertainty Reduction Theory: Managing the Unknown
Cognitive Dissonance Theory: Handling Competing Perspectives
Elaboration Likelihood Model: Evaluating Issues and Situations

Chapter 5: When Technology and Ethics Collide: Electronic Communication Channel Usage and Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Factors Influencing Electronic Communication Channel Usage
Rich Versus Lean Message Transference
Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Considerations
Message Permanence and Distribution
Personal Accountability and Electronic Communication Channel Usage
Message Authorship
Enablement Versus Empowerment
Boundaries and Limitations
Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking Applications for Electronic Communication Channel Usage
Utilizing a Goals-Driven Approach
Utilizing a Process-Driven Approach

Chapter 6: Thinking Ethically Versus Actually Communicating Ethically
Aristotle’s Three Artistic Proofs
Three Primary Considerations for Engagement
Utilizing Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking for Attaining Outcomes
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Determining Factors
Knowledge, Motivation, and Skills-Based Determining Factors

Chapter 7: Tolerance Thresholds: Managing Ethical Interpersonal Communication Challenges
Factors Associated With Sending Unethical Messages and Message Content
Communication Motives
Deception Motives—What Prompts Lying
Deception Motives—Why We Lie
Message Modification
Factors Associated With Receiving and Responding to Interpersonal Ethical Challenges
Direct Confrontation
Truth Biases
Ethical Communication Dilemmas and Relational Transgressions
Perceptions Associated With Relational Transgressions
Responses to Relational Transgressions
Incorporating Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking Prior to Sending or Responding to Unethical Messages
Things to Remember Prior to Sending Unethical Messages
Things to Remember Prior to Responding to Unethical Messages

Chapter 8: Failure to Engage: The Act of Doing Nothing
What Holds Us Back From Responding to Unethical Messages
Fear of Retaliation
Overstepping Boundaries
What Is Said and Unsaid in Our Responses to Unethical Messages
Micro-Level Messages: Individual Complicit Acceptance
Meso-Level Messages: The Ripple Effect
Macro-Level Messages: What They Say About Society
Consequences Associated With Failing to Respond
Societal Deterioration
Loss of Conscience
Applying Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking When Making Decisions About Ethics-Based Engagement
Things to Remember Prior to Engagement
Things to Remember If the Choice Is Made to Defer From Engagement

Chapter 9: The Aftermath: Dealing With the Unethical Interpersonal Communication Outcomes
Factors for Senders of Unethical Messages to Address
Dealing With Actual Consequences From Their Actions
Guilt, Shame, and Regret
Absence of Remorse
Factors for Receivers of Unethical Messages to Address
Dealing With the Actual Consequences From Others’ Actions
Revenge and Retaliation
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Healing and Recovery
The Role of “Face” and Self-Presentation
Managing Face When You Are the Sender of Unethical Messages
Managing Face When You Are the Receiver of Unethical Messages
Other Impression Management Considerations
Applying Ethical Reasoning and Critical Thinking to Move Forward
How Senders of Unethical Messages Move Forward
How Receivers of Unethical Messages Move Forward

Chapter 10: Integrating (More) Ethical Communication Into Daily Interactions
Evaluating Your Ethical Interpersonal Communication Messages
Feedback From Others
Role of Training in Ethical Interpersonal Communication
How Ethical Training Is (or Is Not) Done
Future Ethical Training Opportunities
Cost–Benefit Analysis for More Ethical Interpersonal Communication
Potential Leadership Failures
The Need for Courage
Kindness Versus Cruelty

Sally Vogl-Bauer

Sally Vogl-Bauer is an associate professor and the Department Chairperson for the Department of Communications at the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to accepting her current position, she was a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater (UWW) and the Dean of General Education and Academic Support at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI. In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Dr. Vogl-Bauer was recognized by the College of Arts and Communication at UWW for her research and service contributions. She has mentored numerous
junior faculty members and students, was one of the first Peer Coaches, a program designed to assist faculty and staff with their classroom instruction, as well as a mentor for the Scholar Mentors, a program designed to assist junior faculty in scholarly publishing, at UWW.

Dr. Vogl-Bauer is an active advocate for general education. She continues to be involved in learning and assessment practices and implementing the ideals of liberal education through the LEAP initiative (Learning Education and America’s Promise) adopted at UWW and across the country. On a personal note, Dr. Vogl-Bauer enjoys landscaping, home renovation, bargain hunting, watching professional football (especially the Green Bay Packers), hanging out with friends and family, and spending time with her husband and two beagles. If you have any questions for Dr. Vogl-Bauer, feel free to email her at

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