We all have certain areas in our lives that could use some improvement in one way or another. Some of us may struggle with math, others may suck at sports, while some of us may be terrible communicators, or perhaps some of us just need a little improvement when it comes to communicating with one another. In this assignment I’m going to discuss the areas I feel I could improve on when it comes to having both effective, and appropriate, communication skills and concepts. The first concept I’d have to say I struggle with, would be Listening-the process of receiving, constructing meaning from, and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages. I feel like we all may have a little trouble when it comes to listening. It’s such a simple process, but why is it so easy to reject? We all have the ability for Passive listening- which is the effortless, thoughtless, and habitual process of receiving the messages we hear. So what stands between the ability to passively listen, and the ability to actively listen-the skillful, intentional, deliberate, conscious process of attending to, understanding, remembering, critically evaluating, and responding to messages that we hear. For me, I feel like it’s the information being discussed. Is it interesting? Is it understandable and/or relatable? Also, how much do we already have going on in our minds? I feel like these are usually the three main reasons why I fail to listen. I’m usually preoccupied by other thoughts, and therefore relying on passive listening to get me by. These examples demonstrate just some of the few, why I feel I could use some improvement in this area.
The second communication concept I feel could use some reshaping would be, forming social perceptions. I feel like this is another concept we all could use some work on. It’s not a good thing, but let’s admit it, we all do it. We’re often too quick to judge, which often leads us to either stereotype, (applying the