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The Story of Communication - Sapien Fable | Sapien Kid

The Story of Communication - Sapien Fable | Sapien Kid

  • 05 February, 2023
  • Jay Chauhan

What is communication?
Communication is "an apparent answer to the painful divisions between self and other, private and public, and inner thought and outer world."
As this definition indicates, communication is difficult to define in a consistent manner, because it is commonly used to refer to a wide range of different behaviours (broadly: "the transfer of information"), or to limit what can be included in the category of communication (for example, requiring a "conscious intent" to persuade).
John Peters argues the difficulty of defining communication emerges from the fact that communication is both a universal phenomenon (because everyone communicates) and a specific discipline of institutional academic study. The channel of communication can be visual, auditory, tactile/haptic (e.g. Braille or other physical means), olfactory, electromagnetic, or bioc.

Human communication can be defined as any Shared, Symbolic and Interaction.

Shared, because each communication process also requires a system of signification (the Code) as its necessary condition, and if the encoding is not known to all those who are involved in the communication process, there is no understanding and therefore fails the same notification. Symbolic, because there is need of a signifier or sign, which allows the transmission of the message. Interaction, since it involves two or more people, resulting in a further increase of knowledge on the part of all those who interact.

Types of communication:

Intrapersonal communication- Intrapersonal communication is the process by which an individual communicates within themselves, acting as both sender and receiver of messages, and encompasses the use of unspoken words to consciously engage in self-talk and inner speech.

Interpersonal Communication- Interpersonal communication is an exchange of information between two or more people. It is also an area of research that seeks to understand how humans use verbal and nonverbal cues to accomplish a number of personal and relational goals.

Nonverbal communication- Nonverbal communication (NVC) is the transmission of messages or signals through a nonverbal platform such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and body language.

Verbal Communication-
Speech:- Speech is human vocal communication using language. Each language uses phonetic combinations of vowel and consonant sounds that form the sound of its words.

Conversation:- No generally accepted definition of conversation exists, beyond the fact that a conversation involves at least two people talking together
Visual communication:- Visual communication is the use of visual elements to convey ideas and information which include but are not limited to, signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, advertising, animation, and electronic resources.

Writing :- Writing is a medium of human communication that involves the representation of a language through a system of physically inscribed, mechanically transferred, or digitally represented symbols

Healthy Communication-
Relationships are an art form created by two individuals who have a similar or complementary vision, passion, and ambition. Rarely has a relationship developed without its growth pains. Similar to the development of the human body; a relationship is affected by the nurturing it receives. If a relationship lacks nutrition it will not have a healthy development. Unhealthy relationships are most commonly lacking in the most essential ingredient: healthy communication.

The Importance of Healthy Communication: Healthy communication is crucial for sustaining long-term relationships. One study found that effective communication increased relationship satisfaction for couples. The way you and your partner communicate with each other often determines how you resolve conflicts. If you use healthy methods of communicating, you are likely to find common ground even during a disagreement. This can help strengthen your relationship over time. Of course, the healthiest way of communicating varies based on the situation. If one person becomes unresponsive to a softer communication style when a serious matter needs to be addressed, you may need to be more direct. For everyday relationship issues, on the other hand, an approach centred on affection, forgiveness, and validation can be helpful. It's important to know how to approach healthy communication and how to adjust your style of communication based on what the situation calls for.

Tips for improving communication:

  • Simplify and stay on message.
  • Use simple, straightforward language
  • Engage your listeners or readers.
  • Take time to respond.
  • Make sure you are understood.
  • Develop your listening skills, too
  • Body language is important.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Respect your audience.
  • Make communication a priority.

How communications helps you in everyday life:

  • Building Trust & Relationships
  • Opens Up New Doors Of Opportunities
  • Develops Your Personality
  • Helps Solve Conflicts
  • Helps Express Your Ideas & Personal Needs
  • Makes You Stand Out From The Crowd
  • Helps Improve Decision Making

Compulsive talking-
Compulsive talking (or talkaholism) is talking that goes beyond the bounds of what is considered to be socially acceptable. The main factors in determining if someone is a compulsive talker are talking in a continuous manner or stopping only when the other person starts talking, and others perceiving their talking as a problem. Personality traits that have been positively linked to this compulsion include assertiveness, willingness to communicate, self-perceived communication competence, and neuroticism. Studies have shown that most people who are talkaholics are aware of the amount of talking they do, are unable to stop, or do not see it as a problem.

Common mistakes that hinder healthy communication:-

  • The Silent Treatment
  • Disparaging Comments and Insults
  • Yelling and Screaming
  • Not Asking for What You Need or Want
  • Half-listening
  • Wrong Time and Place
  • Assumptions

Ways to improve communication skills:
There’s no single model, but your research will turn up the same ideas, including:

  • Pay attention when someone else has something to say
  • Ask them open-ended questions so that you can get an idea of what they want
  • Ask probing questions if there are specific things you’d like to learn about
  • Request clarification on anything you’re uncertain about
  • Paraphrase what they said and repeat it back to them, so you can be sure you understood them correctly
  • Be attuned to their feelings and your own, to make sure everyone’s needs are being met
  • Summarize at the end of your interaction so everyone has the same takeaways and next steps.
  • Speak up about your thoughts and ideas
  • Try not to make assumptions
  • Practice self-awareness, especially during tough conversations
  • Don’t be accusatory when raising an issue
  • Improve verbal and nonverbal communication

Important Communication Skills-

  • Listening
  • Straight talking
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Stress management
  • Emotion control

Benefits of appreciation in life:-

  • Your mindset changes
  • Your mood improves
  • You engage at a higher level
  • Your ability to innovate improves.
  • You build trust in relationships
  • You increase your effectiveness
  • You express your emotions
  • You inspire greatness in others.
  • You create a story with a future.

How to Cultivate Gratitude:-

Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter or email expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. Thank someone mentally. It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.

Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.

Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.
Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as "peace"), it is also possible to focus on what you're grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).

Benefits of good communication:-

  • Increased engagement.
  • Basis of Decision-Making and Planning
  • Motivation and Morale.
  • Improved productivity.
  • Improve personal relations.
  • Healthy workplace culture.
  • Improved direction.
  • Boosted employee job satisfaction.
  • Increased innovation.
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