Fundamentals of Communication Chapter 2 Summary

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 158
  • Published : February 2, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
In reading through Chapter 2, it was interesting to learn how we base many things in our life on the way we view things.
Perception is a process in which we interpret our experiences and use them to understand how we communicate with others. Many people could experience the same identical situation, but could perceive them on a completely different level. To some it may leave a positive impression and to others, a negative outcome could happen. The experiences we encounter all differ from person to person. A lot of this is from past personal experience we have encountered. For instance, if someone was in a car accident as a child, he/she may never want to learn how to drive. Negative experiences can forever cause negative expectations.

In going back to the “Me Bag” presentation, I described myself as an honest, motivated, single mother who wanted to make a change for my family. I described the happiness I get from being around family and how I have survived some experiences in life that most would not want to experience. Others may have perceived me as a nervous, quiet person who was looking for sympathy. Just from the way my voice changed during my presentation, I’m sure it left a negative impression on people. Different stimuli affect people differently.

Stereotypes and prejudice is something that I have experienced before. Being a single mother with three children is a hard situation to handle sometimes when living in a small town. Those who really know me and my situation know how hard I have worked to provide my children with the necessities they need to survive. Most people assume that I live on state aid. I don’t receive any help from the state, but I have been placed in this “social stereotype” because the media covers topics on this all the time. It’s an unfair situation for me and I have come to the conclusion that no matter how hard I try to prove myself, someone will always think less of me. Trying to change how people view you is a difficult...
tracking img