For work or personal relationship, we are presented with the questions:
What does it mean to communicate?
How can we do it well?
Or rather, how do you really listen to the other person?
So then quite frequently, we took classes and lesson. We studied some psychology and philosophy. We are taught tricks and techniques such as…
- say certain phrases
- ask certain questions
- use certain hand gestures
- mirror the other party’s movement and behaviors
- how to process the words coming out of the other person’s mouth
Well, those are all dandy and fine, but I find those can only be effective in so much depends on how well you know yourself (as I often say here) and ultimately, on the basis your realization that, we are all human beings.
The other person is a person, a human being. Just like yourself.
This basic realization is fundamental and consequential.
That is very important because we often let our own and the other person’s identities get in the way and thus lead to both parties being scared, intimidated, distant, defensive, offensive during conversation.
Bosses and employees.
Teachers and students.
Parents and children.
Husband and wife.
We must realize that we are not merely identities.
Part of being present in the moment is this realization. Not that we ignore people’s identities but to have a “non-grasping-ness” with the identities while knowing that are the same human beings as I am. We are fundamentally the same… human beings who are both rational and irrational, with both thinking minds and emotional hearts. We all have parents. We all thrive on a healthy Earth. We… well, you get the point.
A few other details on what not to do in order to allow true communication…
Not wondering about other things in your mind.
Not thinking or preparing what to say next.
And definitely, not lying and saying things to ONLY achieve a personal agenda.
On a last note, these ideas point out a few limitation of communication through the virtual world. In that, when we are not physically together, thus the Internet, our communication relies heavily on the identities we already know of the other people or identities that we claim and establish. In other words, through Internet and text exchanges, we can only see fragments of the other person… rather than truly connecting.
Yes, emails, text messages, and social networks are great convenient tools, but at the same time, I find us making the grave mistakes of over-using it to represent and communicate ourselves as if they can represent and communicate ourselves in totality. Perhaps this is why more people are feeling lonelier than ever? That more people feel isolated than ever? That there are more depressed people than ever?
Something for us to ponder…
This is not so far from us missing the point by mistaking our abstractions of reality as reality. But, this is a topic for another day.
Originally posted 2009-08-31 23:41:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter