Communication is the bridge that connects people to each other. But do all people know how to communicate? All of us believe that it is not a complicated process and we never think of what it takes to deliver a clear message or idea. But communication is like any other skill, it needs practice and learning to master it and have the ability to pass our thoughts to other people in a clear and transparent way.
The text defines interpersonal communication as “interaction with others.(Hybels, Weaver, 2007 p156).
To put it in simple words, no relationship can be built if we don’t put the first brick of interpersonal communication. It is very hard to call somebody a friend if we don’t share characteristic in common. It is not a must to be mirrors of each other but there is a minimum requirement for people to get along with each other.
Interpersonal contact is an important aspect in our lives. Think about it, we can’t survive if we don’t interact with each other. Nobody can live alone and not speak to other people. To strike a dialogue with another person means that we have something in common to discuss and talk about. We can share ideas and express feelings through our communication, and this leads to the continuity of interaction.
Communication could be performed in many ways. Some of these ways are the verbal and non-verbal. Through verbal communication, people use words and sentences to express their ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. From the minute we wake up to the minute we go to bed, we keep talking and discussing matters with each other whether at work, home or shopping, with people we know or strangers. The other tool of communication is the non-verbal form which includes facial expressions, eye contact, and tone of voice, body posture and motions. We don’t realize how much we use the non-verbal form of communication in our daily life. Being a teacher for preschool puts lots of pressure on my voice. I find myself resorting to non-verbal communication with the kids. Sometimes it is more effective than saying words. It is amazing how it is understandable and doesn’t hold double meaning.
But we should be very careful when we try to use the verbal and non-verbal forms together. Sometimes they complete the idea and other times it could confuse the receiver and we end up passing the wrong idea. In the text, the authors mention that “before a person makes an effort to form an interpersonal relationship he/she must decide what attracted them about this person and why they want to have the relationship. There are many factors that make up attraction to others. Physical Attraction, Perceived Gain, Similarities, Differences, and Proximity are some of them” (Hybels, Weaver, 2007p160).
If we look at the majority of people around us, we find out that their attraction could be based on looks, similar personality or education. Others might be attracted to ones who are different from them. I know a couple who rarely agree on things among them and...