BACK TO interpersonal

interpersonal vs. intrapersonal

interpersonal vs. intrapersonal: What’s the difference?

Interpersonal is used to describe things that involve interaction and relationships between people—interpersonal skills refers to communication skills or “people skills.” Intrapersonal, a much less common word, is used to describe things that relate to an individual’s self or that occur within a person’s mind—intrapersonal awareness often means the same as self-awareness. Remember, inter- means “between” or “among,” and intra- means “within.”

[ in-ter-pur-suh-nl ]
  1. of or pertaining to the relations between persons: As a leader goes higher in an organization, commonly their technical skills are called upon less and less, while their interpersonal skills become more important.
  2. existing or occurring between persons: It is unlikely that someone with paranoia will thrive in interpersonal relationships.She is trained and certified in the treatment of emotional trauma resulting from interpersonal violence.
[ in-truh-pur-suh-nl ]
  1. existing or occurring within the self or within one's mind: People with high intrapersonal intelligence are aware of their strengths and weaknesses.Intrapersonal conflict can lead to emotional stress.

Compare More Commonly Confused Words