Communication is an important factor in the societies and cultures across the world. It depicts various situations in the cultures and societies and promotes understanding of the elemental factors in society through passage of information. As such, it is important for individuals in the organizations to cultivate and sustain significant systems and methods of communicating in order to promote the influence and understanding in the society (Solomon, 2009, p. 34). Effective and efficient communication techniques in the cultures promote good relations with the individuals in the society by enhancing appropriate passage of crucial information.
If people want to develop assertive and effective communication skills in the society, it is important for them to learn to identify and recognize the different styles of communication that they most often employ in their daily interactions with their colleagues, friends and family. However, there has been a conventional debate of how to differentiate the skills of communication and the specific time to use these skills. Being assertive in communication means that there is respect for others and oneself. It is the capacity of an individual to express their feelings and thoughts through honest, direct and open communication.
Assertive communication is a communication skill that every person can employ this technique in practice and master it while communicating with others. Before deciding when or which assertive style of communication, it is important for an individual to understand the effectiveness of the form that they intend to use in communicating (Solomon, 2009, p. 40). However, there are other significant styles of communicating apart from the assertive style. These include aggressive, passive-aggressive, submissive and manipulative communication techniques.
Assertive communication encompasses the high self-esteem of an individual. It is a useful and healthy style of communication and is a spot between both extreme degrees of passive and aggressive communication. When individuals are confident, they develop the confidence of communicating without resorting to manipulation and games (NORTON, 2009, p. 24). They understand that their limits do not allow them to be pushed further than them because of someone else needs or wants something from them. Case studies of such information in the society would involve statements in the language like, “please would you reduce the volume? I have a hard time concentrating on my studies.”
Aggressive Communication Style
This communication style is all about often winning at the expense of someone else. An aggressive individual behaves in a manner that suggests that their desires are the most important. This communication style is ineffective because the content of the information may get lost because individuals are too busy developing reactions to the way of delivery of the message. A case study in the today society in a statement in the language would be, “you are crazy.”
Passive-Aggressive Communication Style
In this communication style, an individual appears passive on the outside but are acting indirectly out of their anger. They somehow hide their emotions behind the scenes. Basic behavioral characteristics of this type of communication include deviousness, unreliability, complaining and gossiping. A case study in the society today would be in statements in the language such as, “do not worry about me, I am okay.” Individuals in the society today often say such statements when in the real sense they are not doing as they presume to do.
This style is about being apologetic in communication. For instance, one would say,” I am sorry, it will not happen again.”
The manipulative style is about cunningness (Trompenaars & Hampden-Turner, 2004, p. 25). An example in statements includes,” I did not have to buy other things, so I just decided to wear this dress,” while seeking for a compliment.
Personal Culture Profile
I have a privileged culture that revolves around my friends, my family and my country. It also encompasses high moral standards, and it is loving and fun. My family and my friends affect my culture in various ways. First, they influence the way in which I dress. The responses and opinions of my friends and family concerning my dressing change my conception of the same too. The way in which my family and my friends talk change my language as well. I employ the same figures of speech as them.
My culture also represents my leisure activities. I do what other individuals around me do for fun. I also do what is expected of and individual of my age and gender. Additionally, I do what my beliefs and morals depict as acceptable. I also influence those around me including my friends and family who try emulating what I do.
My culture also defines my personal morals. I firmly believe in the power of friendship and in the importance of assisting the less fortunate in the society. I believe it is elemental to be kind to every person, being virtuous and honest. I also believe that learning is important not only in school, but also in everyday events and situations as well. I believe that there is an opportunity to learn in everything that I do.
NORTON, R. W. (2009). FOUNDATION OF A COMMUNICATOR STYLE CONSTRUCT. Human Communication Research. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2958.1978.tb00600.x
Solomon, C. M. (2009). Managing Across Cultures. New York, NY: McGraw-Hil.
Trompenaars, A., & Hampden-Turner, C. (2004). Managing people across cultures. Oxford: Capstone.