Interpersonal Communications: Principles and Misconceptions
Communication is part of life activities and everyday information is exchanged everywhere in the world. Groups of people and businesses send or receive messages that are critical for survival. It’s therefore important to ensure that there is proper communication since; information passed could not just be words.
Some important principles of communication are highlighted here. The first principle is that communicating can be deliberate or unintentional. It is worth noting that the spoken word is just as important as the messages conveyed non-verbally. When an individual smiles, this could pass a message different from what he or she is saying by word of mouth. Communication is inevitable for any person. This is because it is believed that whether an individual is making an effort to communicate or not, there are some important messages that are naturally conveyed by their actions.
A very important principle to note is that communicating is irreversible. This means that individuals should be very cautious with the way they act or talk as that could permanently implicate the individual. The unrepeatable aspect of communication is a result of the fact that an individual grows and changes. The way of communication is ever-changing and people may not react similarly to the same situation after a while.
Communication has some very bad misconceptions that have always resulted in misinformation, conflict of interest, and failing to meet the objective of initiating communication in the first place. To start with, some people assume that the meaning of the message is not necessarily in the words. Listening is very important and in itself serves as a barrier to communication and has to be given the same regard as speaking. Some individuals also think that effective communication is not about understanding.
It should be noted that communication can never complete if the recipient did not decipher the information. Some people assume that communicating more is better. Continuing to express one’s ideas could exasperate the situation. Some however think that one person or event cannot result in another person’s angry reaction. Finally, people greatly assume that communication cannot and it does not solve certain problems and hence tend to just leave ‘things the way they are’.