Masking Poor Communication

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Lanita N. Clark

Masking Poor Communication

COM 200

Mrs. Mary A. Witt

August 22, 2011

The article “Masking Poor Communication” discussed how miscommunication is misunderstood and perceived as something. What someone is saying can easily be taken for something else. Everyone has their own perception. This can have a negative impact on the people who are close to you. In the article it stated that “people commonly believe that they communicate better with close friends than strangers. This closeness can lead people to overestimate how well they communicate, a phenomenon we term the closeness- communication bias”( Keysar, 2011). Just because someone is close to you doesn‘t mean they know what you mean every time you say something. The moral of this article for me was, just because you know a person doesn’t mean they can read your mind. People change everyday, so how can you think you know what’s on a person’s mind?

My significant other and I have had many disagreements, but the one that stands out to me the most was when I was deployed and he decided he wanted to go out to the club. It didn’t bother me that much until he didn’t have time to talk to me when I called. It was like my timing was all off and that didn’t sit too well with me, but because I didn’t want to just come out and tell him that I didn’t like him going out, it continued until I just couldn’t take it anymore. I just came out and told him exactly how I felt about him going out. I really didn’t want him to be in the house the whole time I was deployed because a year is a long time for anyone to do nothing every day. His wanting to go out really took me out my comfort zone because he’s not the clubbing type. Once we talked, I understood that everyone steps outside their box, but you as a person can’t forget who that person really is. My significant other is human and will make mistakes, but it’s up to me to talk to him about it. “A close mouth doesn’t get fed,” is a saying that has...
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