Communication And Human Communication: The Importance Of Communication

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“Communication is the purposeful, continually changing, complex process of sharing one’s opinions, thoughts, ideas, observations, personal experiences, stories, and self-concept, and the ability to receive, understand, and react to the input of others, while taking into consideration the message, the communicators and their relationship, and the other properties of communication such as ambiguity, irreversibility, and unrepeatability. In a simpler sense, it is how we humans continue to exist and make sense of our world without the endless frustration of not being able to say what we want to say and hear what we need to hear.” Purposeful. Communication, no matter how it is exhibited, always has a purpose to be served. Depending on the way it…show more content…
Communication is not only centered on sharing basic information or facts that are already justified to be true; sharing one’s perception matters more, especially since communication requires a mutual sharing of input and output. As humans, it is a basic need of ours to speak and have our points of view recognized and heard. Of the six I mentioned, the latter two, in my opinion are the most important. Sharing personal experiences and stories are vital parts of communication. It also gives us a sense of control, considering that communication between people allows them to take control of their relationships (“Ten Communication Basics”,…show more content…
The message, though the interpretation of it may be varied, must be clear and concise, avoiding as much confusion as possible. We must take into consideration what we want to say and what would be the best possible way to say it. The communicators and their relationship. Communication is relational, as I have learned in previous Communication courses. Who we say something to matters just as much as what we say. The relationship we have with the person we are partaking in a communicative process with can make all the difference in the effectiveness of the interaction. We change our tone of voice, the formality of the words we use, and the gestures we use to accompany our speaking, to match the relationship. Ambiguity. According to Merriam-Webster (n.d.), ambiguity is a word or expression that can be understood in two or more possible ways. Hanneman (1957) as referenced in “Ten Communication Basics” (n.d.), says that meanings are in people and are relative. The same article said that there are no “correct” meanings. If you say something to someone, the message received depends on the other person’s interpretation of what you said, regardless of whether or not you share the same
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