Health and Social Care Level 3

What are barriers?
What are communication barriers?
A communication barrier is anything that stops the development of understanding when people interact.

Barriers are something that blocks or stops objects from coming through.

Theories of communication

Effective Communication involves a two-way system in which each person tries to understand the viewpoint of the other person. Communication is a cycle because two people conversetheir need to check that their ideas have been understood.
Good communication involves the process of checking, understanding, using reflective or active listening.
In 1972 Michael Argyle argued that interpersonal communication was a skill that could be learned and developed in the same way you learn to drive a car. Argyle stressed out the importance of feedback in skilled activities.   When driving a car on the road you using, your behaviour will depending of what’s happening.   Driving involves a constant cycle of watching what’s happening, working out on how to respond, responding and then repeating this until you reach your destination.
According to Argyle, skilled interpersonal interaction (social skills) involves a cycle in which you have to translate or ‘decode’ what the other person is conversing and adapt your own behaviour in order to communicate effectively.
With verbal and non-verbal communication is not always straightforward.  
The cycle:
  * An idea occurs: you have an idea that you want to say.
  * Message coded:   you think through how you are going to say what you are thinking. Put your thoughts into language or into a code such as sign language
  * Message sent: you speak, sign, write or send a message to the person who is receiving.
  * Message received:the other person has to sense your message- they hear your words, read them and sees the symbols used.
  * Message decoded: the other person has to interpret or ‘decode’ your message. It’s not ways easy...