Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today I’ll spend a couple of hours in a junior high school. While watching, listening and learning from these young teens I will see young masters of communication.
When we are young we learn to be skillful masters of communication: “…men and women may communicate negative relational messages such as contempt and belligerence via loud, sarcastic voices, disgusted facial gestures, frowns, scowls, glares, gaze avoidance, or distancing. These negative expressions obviously would qualify as unskillful if the objective is to create a close and loving relationship, but they would qualify as skillful if the objective is to signal one’s level of distress and dissatisfaction with a relationship.” 1
Those looks would be misplaced, if they were not so very, very intentional.
On the other hand, rather than wound others we can bring blessings.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. 2
Respect both yourself and the other person. Do not call anyone names, use putdowns, or attack with insults.
Let’s work to #MakeTheWorldABetterPlace is mysilentscream.
1 – Nonverbal Communication Skills by Judee K. Burgoon and Aaron E. Bacue in the Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills, edited by John O. Greene and Brant R. Burleson.
2 – Proverbs 12:18, NLT