Article by Manfred Kramer, February 07, 2011
Lack of communication or incomplete communication is one of the major causes of increased stress. Over time misunderstandings and broken relationships can be the consequences.
Communication in its basic form means first of all a “Two way” exchange of ideas, thoughts or concepts.
Many times, people simply talk passed each other. For example: Wife asks her husband when he returned from work: “How was your day?” He had a bad day and simply says: “I just wanna have a drink and watch some tv”.
He did not acknowledge her nor did he answer her question: the communication cycle is broken.
One simply formula to remedy this, is this:
“Hi, honey. How was your day?”
“Oh, hi, sweetheart. Well, my day was really awful. I really would like to just sit down and watch some tv. How are you?” He answered her question, returned a question and added a new thought: the communication cycle is completed. Now he waits for the response of his wife, and so on.
With this simple formula we can communicate very effectively.
Over the long run, relationships are strengthened, simply because there will be no hidden questions or misunderstandings left that could over time accumulate to form ill feelings toward the other person.
This simple formula of complete communication can be used in marriages, friendships as well as at the workplace all the to inter-national relationships.
Your suggestions and comments are always very welcome.
Stress-free Living Ahoi,
Word of the day:
‘Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis’
Whatever you want to teach, be brief.