This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

When It All Comes Together: Description, Context, And Analysis Of Effective Communication

2082 words - 8 pages

Have you ever wondered what the line is between crazy or sane? Is there a way, a definitive test, that can tell for sure whether or not a person is crazy? If you take the time to study psychology and specifically the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, you are sure to find out that you can easily be diagnosed with some level and type of mental disorder. This line of questioning is what begins, in my opinion, one of the best TED talks I have viewed. In his speech, Answers to the Psychopath Test, writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson takes the listener on an amazing journey that explores the strange and maddening world of psychopathy.
Right from the beginning there are several ideas from the Communication: Principle for a Lifetime, textbook that overwhelm the listener, and add to the successful delivery of the speech. The first idea, even before Ronson begins speaking, is the use of attention-getting support material. The stage is a dimly lit bright red circle with Ronson standing in the middle. Behind him are two support assistants providing lighting, visual, and sound presentations. In big ominous letters on the wall behind Ronson are the initials DSM alluding to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual which he refers to in his opening.
Ronson's speech starts with a personal story intended to connect the listener, and shed some light on what got him thinking about the idea in the first place. In analyzing this first part of the speech, as described by authors Steven A. Beebe, Susan J. Beebe, and Diana K. Ivy in Communication: Principles for a Lifetime, Ronson's presentation type falls into the category of a presentation about ideas (Beebe 364). As he speaks he connects the listener to a short chronological history of the DSM, and explains how it has grown into a dangerous classification of society. While he is speaking, Ronson is careful in his use of hand gestures. At first, he brings the hands close to his face in a semi-symbolic expression of thought. He then uses this body language to slowly move his hand from a big circle to the front in a small circle, symbolizing a transition from anecdotal story to definition of topic.
While he is speaking the initial DSM lettering behind him is now replaced by animation characters, and low musical sequencing that support and bring to life his definitions and understanding of the ideas he is presenting. At the same time he is careful to keep the symbolic circling gestures of his hand close to his body, and when presenting a self diagnosis, opens his hand out to the listener as a symbolic gesture of giving.
Transitioning from the opening sequence, he then develops his idea by introducing his reaction to his questions and story. Ronson then introduces the process by which he appealed to a resource outside of the psychiatric world to get an opinion. The transition into who he went to for skeptical questioning was introduced by first, a mention of the meeting within the transition from his opening, and...

Find Another Essay On When It All Comes Together: Description, Context, and Analysis of Effective Communication

Are emotions and reason equal when it comes to justifying moral actions

1123 words - 5 pages decision, seems inhuman or sort of robotic. Humanity's ability to be emotional is one of our best, endearing qualities, allowing us to make informed decisions based on circumstantial evidence at times. In this essay I'm going to discuss the importance of both reason and emotions when it to comes to justifying moral actions, and I'm going to talk about the problems that arise from them and lastly give example of each and try to connect it to one

Chomsky V. Friedman: A persuasive essay on the differing opinions of Noam Chomsky and Thomas Friedman when it comes to foreign affairs. In favor of Chomsky

790 words - 3 pages Chomsky V. FriedmanThe events of September 11th, 2001 evoked many different reactions and sparked diverse conversations within the United States. One of the major topics to emerge from the rubble was "What did we do to deserve this?" Although, many people asked it earnestly wanting to know, and others asked rhetorically, implying that we did not do anything to deserve this. Even though both Thomas Friedman and Noam Chomsky ask the question

Description and Analysis of Monorails

871 words - 4 pages In most cases, monorails make the most efficient use of technology, resources, time of the passengers, materials and energy. Monorails can be maintained more efficiently than any other competing railway system or any elevated rail system. Also, it can be constructed at lower cost because it is less elaborate and less massive infrastructure are involved. Monorail uses less material than highway constructions. For instance buses, when they are

Analysis and Description of Diabetes

1488 words - 6 pages , as a country, have the chance to stop an estimation of a 55% increase for 2030 for this “secret killer”, diabetes (IDF). This disease is serious and has nothing mild about it (IDF, JDRF). We must take the steps now America and stop our children and families from going through something like this. Diabetes is a medical condition when your pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach that creates a hormone called insulin, doesn’t produce enough

Analysis and Description of Siddhartha

735 words - 3 pages place to get more understanding on how to become one with self. The wise old sage is associated with the representation of the sacred principle and a representation of wisdom, knowledge, reflection and insight. As he advanced on his journey, one of the many important symbols that Siddhartha experienced was the river in which he passed through to start a renewed life. When Siddhartha first saw the river, he saw something exceptional in it and knew

Description and Analysis of Pharmacogenomics

1360 words - 5 pages behavioral therapy. There are no quick fixes when it comes to this disorder but medication along with therapy tends to produce a better progress than just one of these alone. Behavioral therapy practice has two techniques which are systematic desensitization and flooding. Systematic desensitization technique slowly exposes the OCD patient to the anxiety provoking stimuli. If this technique is done the patient should have effectively learned how relax

Analysis and Description of Dementia

2255 words - 9 pages live the best lives possible with dementia. Although treatment does not cure dementia it is usually much more effective in slowing in the progression when started in the early stages and an early diagnosis helps the family start planning for the dementia patient. The primary care givers of the dementia patients greatly affect the pre-diagnosis period as well as how good the patients cope with their prognosis (Leung et. al, 2011). Dementia is

Analysis and Description of Nephrolithiasis

1472 words - 6 pages added to the diagnosis of some kidney stones, more as a follow-up after treatment to detect how fragile or intact a stone might be (Ford- Martin, & Odle, 2005). When a patient is passing a kidney stone, it is important that all urine is strained through a strainer to catch the stone. The stone can then be sent to a laboratory for analysis to determine the chemical composition. After the kidney stone has been passed, other tests are required to

Analysis and Description of Minecraft

1918 words - 8 pages land, untouched by light. The only creatures that inhabit it are tall lanky creatures, skin strong as obsidian, gifted the unnerving power to teleport, purple eyes that seem to glow compared to their pitch black skin, the endermen. Along with their parent and protector; the oldest and most powerful creature, the Enderdragon. When the worlds were new, all the creatures belonging to the main three worlds became intermixed and not entirely different

Description and Analysis of Bitcoin

714 words - 3 pages Bitcoin has become a hot, controversial topic, but what is it and how is it used? Bitcoin is one of several digital currencies, but, as of 2014, it is the most popular one. It is a form of money, but for online use only. Bitcoin is the system of how payments are made, while bitcoin refers to the unit of online currency. Unlike traditional currency, Bitcoin is not regulated by a central organization. Even though it's been around for more than

Analysis and Description of Mudpuppies

1436 words - 6 pages , driftwood, branches and logs from pine or cedar trees should be avoided due to the risk of poisoning from terpenes and other chemicals continued in the sap. Personal observations suggest that the animals prefer large flat rocks, especially when propped against another rock to create a cave-like area; these caves can be oriented toward the glass to make it easier to view the animal. Take care to ensure that the cover object cannot fall and injure the

Similar Essays

Summery And Context Description Of All The King's Men Robert Penn Warren

890 words - 4 pages scion of the state's political aristocracy who uses his abilities as a historical researcher to help Willie blackmail and control his enemies. The novel deals with the large question of the responsibility individuals bear for their actions within the turmoil of history, and it is perhaps appropriate that the impetus of the novel's story comes partly from real historical occurrences. Jack Burden is entirely a creation of Robert Penn Warren, but

When It Is All Said And Done, The Current Criminal Justice System Is About As Fair And Effective As We Can Resonably Expect

2326 words - 9 pages The incessant debate of whether the current criminal justice system is 'about as fair and effective as wecan reasonably expect' has yet again been addressed in this essay. It is argued throughout this essaythat the criminal justice system fails to meet with the protection and well being of the public by notappropriately processing offenders. Six main arguments of this essay highlight weaknesses within thesystem. The first argument of this essay

Unity, When It Comes To Food

945 words - 4 pages and in bringing one another people together under one roof; this one roof is called United States of America. Cultural diffusion can lead one country to influence another’s culture through trade, travel, or immigration. Cultural diffusion has become common in current society, and it happens all over the world from food restaurants to new technologies. Crossing societal boundary lines leads to having interactions with each other, and these

It All Comes Down To Fate

979 words - 4 pages ; but, as they filled the place, and stopped to dance about Lucie, some ghastly apparition of a dance-figure gone raving mad arose among them” (Dickens 216). This quote displays the happiness after the French Revolution. All of the men and the women are dancing together, because the hazardous French Revolution had brought them together. At first they were separate, but now they are one. This is an incredibly unique and creative metaphor choice to