Communication Sabotage

712 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 3 Pages
I have burnt many bridges in my life, and have often undermined my own success because of fear and other poorly developed emotional responses to stress. The reading material on communication sabotage reinforced what I already know: that sabotage is preventing me from reaching my highest potential.
The readings on sabotage in communication also helped me to recognize what sabotage is in the realm of human communication and how to recognize it before it happens. For example, Reisinger refers to six "unintentional" ways people sabotage their communications. One of those ways is what Reisinger calls "giving analyses." Giving analyses is jumping to conclusions about someone based on one behavior or one incidence. I have over-analyzed what someone says to me, such as by assuming the other person thinks I am fat or dumb just by the way they looked at me or failed to look at me. Analyzing non-verbal communication is a big mistake, but so is analyzing verbal communication. One of the ways I sabotage is by overusing sarcasm. The Power Point presentation shows how sarcasm and put-downs can be damaging to relationships. Although it may seem obvious, many of us use sarcasm automatically because it is part of our communication arsenal. I need to learn how to stop being so sarcastic and therefore stop sabotaging myself and other people.
As the Power Point presentation points out, sabotage is almost always subtle. It is about…