Easily Misunderstood

Easily Misunderstood
Dwight Whorton
COM 200
June 4, 2011
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Easily Misunderstood 1
Easily Misunderstood
How often have you found yourself talking to someone close to you, thinking the conversation is
going along great when the other person reacts in an irritated manner? Or even an anxious manner?
You think back to what you have said, reviewing your comments and nothing sticks out as being
particularly bad. Well you have just experienced a misunderstanding. “For many people, their
communication skills with loved ones are not as strong as they would think” (Anon., 2011, p. 1).
Communication is a two way street where both people need to be traveling the same direction.
When one person gets off course or veers then we have a miscommunication.
In the article entitled, “Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication” study coauthor
Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University Of Chicago Booth
School Of Business, explained, "Our problem in communicating with friends and spouses is that
we have an illusion of insight. Getting close to someone appears to create the illusion of
understanding more than actual understanding" (as cited in Anon., 2011, p.1). I had just such a
miscommunication take place tonight.
“As social animals, we want and need connections with...