Why do we communicate?

in Communication / General

Communication is a tool with which we exercise our influence on others, bring out changes in our and others’ attitudes, motivate the people around us and establish and maintain relationships with them. Communication makes a major part of our active life and is a social activity. This social activity is pursued verbally through speech, reading and writing or non-verbally through body language.

Factors that condition communication skills :

Communication skill is not language specific. It is not as though speakers of a particular language have refined communication skills whereas, the speakers of some other language have unrefined communication skills. But communication skill is related to the culture of the group to which the individual belongs. All messages that we send or receive are processed by a mental-filter. This mental-filter or the mindset is forged by our family, friends, neighbourhood, the school and society. In India, even caste and community contribute to the making of this mental-filter. This mental-filter or mindset makes us understand each other better or even leads to misunderstanding. Unless, we understand the attitude, the mindset and background of the person with whom we interact, our communication skill would be imperfect and ineffective.

Complex Nature of Human Communication

Though communication exists even among some species of animals, birds and insects, it is limited to certain noises like chirping and crying, or movements and is related to their instinctive needs like hunting, preying and mating. Human, communication is more complex, varied and has several objectives. It is complex because of the use of language, a repertoire (Store-house) of previously accepted and agreed oral and written codes. It is varied because it ranges from simple gestures or facial expressions to the most advanced e-mail technologies.

General Objectives of Communication

Why do we communicate at all? In general terms they are as follows:

1. We communicate to persuade: It means that we want someone to do something and this desire of ours is communicated. The mother patting the child to stop crying, the advertiser displaying a model in a new T-Shirt and the politician haranguing (urging) his audience to vote for him are all having the same objective of persuading, while communicating it differently.

2. We communicate in order to give or provide information: The science teacher demonstrating an experiment, the bank announcing a reduction in interest rates and the finance minister, presenting the budget are all communicating to provide information.

3. We communicate seeking information: A passer by asking you the way to the post-office, the student asking the teacher for some clarification or the investigating policeman making discreet enquiries are all seeking information by using this communication skill.

4.We communicate to express our emotions like courage or fear, joy or sorrow, satisfaction or disappointment with appropriate gestures and words. Some people have unlimited skill to emote, (i.e., to display excessive emotion) to suit the occasion. Our politicians are capable of emoting well, which by itself is a communication skill.



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Ayuen John Augustino Makuei April 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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Ayuen John Augustino Makuei April 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The effective living with friends is through effective Communication Skills, with out it you travel alone!

Am kiyimba julius some one who has got very much intreast on this page when i read it coz i got to know more about communication skills September 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Astudent in the college of computing and information science/csc makere university

Tommy October 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

its a good page anyway just keep posting those knowlegable quotes love it

Odibo Elegant Ovo November 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Without communication,the misteries of life would be hard to unravel.In reality,communication is what makes the world go round.a kind of life giving elixir and it means to give life to symbols,words and relationships

Safwan Isah Suleima February 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

this is my first time I visited these side.And is very nice side.

Said Masoud February 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Ohoo my god without communication I cant imagine how people could live so commnication is very importants to the darly living.

Tsitsi Bindura March 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

This is my first time, your contribution is nice.

Gayatri April 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Content is very nice. thanks

Scaver April 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

Kip on guyz! Ur intelectualship haz help me alot! Fro Malawi Polytechnic

Rupali prabhakar kawale May 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

very nice easy to understand…..

mis josephine okoko May 9, 2012 at 2:27 am

communication is life

DELALI May 17, 2012 at 3:58 am

communication indeed is super-structure on which all other facets of attributes will situate…

steve June 15, 2012 at 4:31 am

Communication is what seperates the brave and intelligent… from the rest .
There is no need for a great dissertation…. just an ability to verbalise what you feel inside you…. by the oldest and simplest of communication……………. speech

Abdullahi August 7, 2012 at 1:35 am

communication is some thing which is born. with humunbeing.

that means when the infant is born and get out from worm of mam he is crying.this is the staring point of human communication.more over communication is a sympol. meaning is added.that means when hear crying we add different meanings ,some one says he is hungry,the other says he. has pain,etc

Gratitude September 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I am so impressed by your guys.keep it up. It really helped me as a youth development student

Ali Akbar October 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

One of the most inspiring aspects of life is communication. Therefore, in order for a society to exist there must a form of communication. Communication comes in many different forms. Each form of communication can be verbal or non-verbal.

Masautso Zulu February 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Am a student at Luanshya Technical And Business College. I would like to learn more about communication skills.

kyomuhangi mackline March 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

we control what happens around us in communication like in prayers

Francisca Gloria Bowora March 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Thank you very much for the information about communication as a whole, I managed to do my assignment and I got the information to be fruitful in my studies. By reading this information about communication, it is communication. God bless.

Agnes Okine April 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Yes indeed, without effective communication, we can not live peacefully with our neighbours.

Nyakno adetayo July 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Wao!!!! That was a good lecture on communication. It really helps me to do my assignment. Thanks and God bless.

sanjay kumar August 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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Tsongo Dominic September 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Am Tsongo Dominic from Kabale Universiy.
Communiction actually is very importan in ou daily life.
Check if you ae aby passer and you neve asked then you ge problems
in a place you don’ know ver well.

peter November 6, 2013 at 6:15 am

I love this website because it has helped me understand why we communicate.

Rebecca Pratt Smith November 8, 2013 at 12:30 am

Hello – I am working for Oxford University Press and would like your permission to reprint a short extract from this article in a forthcoming educational course book. I would be very grateful if you would get in touch with me by email and I will send on further information to you. Kind regards, Rebecca (rebecca.pratt-smith (at) outlook.com)

Erick Magali November 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

i do like to learn more about communication

umaima December 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

communication is so important in daily life coz it brings a good relationship and exchange ideas between people example through facebook ,viber and others

badru leke olarewaju March 26, 2014 at 1:49 am

i really appreciate the litlle information from you i think i have something to deliver to my lecturer at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun Nigeria

kampani perez May 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Indeed communication is vital in our daily living that is for making relationships ,thoughts ,persuading ,information and entertainment

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