Close Relationships and
COM 200 Interpersonal Communication
The way we communicate with each other drives how our lives are going to be. With every day that goes by we communicate with our families, friends, and co-workers. Our relationships with those that we communicate with can determine how we choose to communicate with them. Meeting a stranger on the street and saying hi, or asking for directions draws upon a more simple skill set of communication than speaking to a familiar co-worker or spouse. Having a close relationship to someone can change how we communicate with them and lead to poor communication. Many people believe that they communicate better with those they have close relationships, where the reality may be that those communications may be worse due to “closeness communication bias” (Anonymous, 2011). Whereas these relationships allow for us to get comfortable with those we communicate with often and we tend to shortcut or loose the detail in our communications. Using hints or indirect saying or suggestions rather than asking directly or making a point directly assuming that based off of previous tendencies or actions the receiver of the communication will understand the underlying message. Rather more often than not the receiver really has several ways to take the communication. I have experienced several time where I felt as though I have clearly communicated an issue or request, where the receiver did not take it as it was intended. Upon reviewing the issue in hind sight it is easy to see where the failure has been. It is an issue of proper communication. Having the ability to clearly send out the message as a sender, or the organized form in where formulate the communication in a manner that we can all understand (Sole, 2011). Yet at this moment the communication is in a common language, yet the meaning is personal to me where to the receiver it is also personal to them...
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