You Cannot Not Communicate
Written Assignment 1: You Cannot NOT Communicate: Fact or Fiction? Complete this written assignment: Read the article below. Based on what you have learnt in topic 1, you need to answer the questions given in your own words, thoughts and research. Questions: •What do you think about Watzlawick’s idea? Did it seem reasonable or unreasonable to you at first? Why? •When and how do you communicate messages unintentionally? From the article about Watzawick’s Idea of One cannot not communicate, he believes of every behaviour send some message whether intentional or not, so all behaviour has communication value.
I personally think that it is reasonable. As human beings, how can one not communicate? If we are not communicating, we are not going to be able to convey our message and thought to one another. Communicate happen every day in our live; we humans do it all the time, and most of the time we do it as a matter of course, without thinking about it. In our daily lives; we talk, we listen, we write, we read, we think – as you are doing now –all of this is to share and manage our thoughts to be known to one another.
Somehow people may think that communicate is just speaking and they may not know that behaviour or body language are also a kind of communication. As Nonverbal communication can be as an important to communicating messages as using words but not many peoples will think it this way. Clothing that you wear, your facial expression or even silent can be integrated or related to communicate. This is known as Nonverbal communication. What you are wearing and also your body movement can be a way that you are communicating.
For example, people who want to communicate their social economic status may wear expensive watches and handbags to let others know that they are wealthy. In the workplace, the way people dress can communicate level of professionalism. Sometimes people unintentionally communicate messages by the way they dress. When you see a guy with piercing or tattoo, you may already assume negative traits about them. You should think about it, is there communication processes in it that make you think negatively on them, or it may just your intrapersonal communication. Intrapersonal communication may give strong support for Watzawick’s Idea.
Intrapersonal is a kind of solo communication. It means that you can actually communicate between yourself. For example; when you are angry about someone, you scold them or even curse them aloud in your heart. Or maybe what you think about yourself is also a kind of communication. Just as words can communicate certain information, when you remain silence can actually convey messages to other people. Silence is often used when you get angry and don’t wish to speak. By remaining silent during these tough times, you are communicating that you are so angry that you refuse to acknowledge the other person.
Silence can also communicate that someone is intentionally being uncooperative, defiant or distant. When communicating occurs, somehow it can be unintentionally. It often happens to me that I convey message unintentionally. As I get angry, I would shout or talk bad about others and may hurt their feeling. It happens that facial expression can communicates messages unintentionally. When I get bore of my friends nagging stories, my face will just went expressionless and it give my friend a message to stop talking or maybe change subject to talk about. Even eye-contact can unintentionally communicate message to other.
Once I saw a really pretty girl in a club, my eye just can’t move away from her sight. It happens that my behaviour make the girl get angry and say that it is really rude of me staring at her. Because of this eye-contact, I now believe that every part of our body is actually a communication tool. In conclusion, I am in a full support on Watzlawick’s idea. I believe that no human beings living in this planet can never not communicate. Even animals need to communicate, so how can ones think that he can never communicate with peoples. Every day of our life, every movement that we show, we are communicating.
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