Essay On Gender Communication

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All of us have different styles of communicating with other people. Our style depends on a lot of things: where we’re from, how and where we were brought up, our educational background, our age, and it is also can depend on our gender. Generally speaking, men and women talk differently although there are varying degrees of masculine and feminine speech characteristics in each of us. But men and women speak in particular ways mostly because those are associated with their gender.
The styles that men and women use to communicate have been described as “debate vs. relate” , “report vs. rapport”, or competitive vs. co-operative”. Men often seek straightforward solutions to problems and useful advice whereas women tend to try and establish intimacy
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Women’s conversation tends to emphasize feelings more, which may also think about feelings more. It is does not, however, mean that women are more emotional. It is perfect. It is possible that are just as emotional, but for social reasons they talk about their feelings less. Similarly, the fact that in most cultures men argue more about abstract things does not mean that men are naturally more logical, it just means that the things men prefer to talk about require logical argument more than they require expression of feeling. Obviously the more you argue the better you get at it, hence the prejudice that men are somehow biologically more logical. 3 In reality, men and women have diverse ways of speaking, thinking and communicating overall. For men, communication is a way to negotiate for power, seek wins, avoid failure and offer advice, among other things. For women, communication is a way to get closer, seek understanding and find equality or symmetry.
Much of this communication takes place using nonverbal cues. Nonverbal communication is integral to how we communicate. But each gender uses different nonverbal cues when communicating which cause conflicts for both sexes when they communicate with each
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