Effective Interpersonal Communication

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Effective interpersonal communication requires three fundamental skills: being assertive, listening mindfully, and checking perceptions versus reality. Using each of these three skills can help avoid miscommunication and concurrent conflict. Moreover, assertiveness, mindful listening, and checking perceptions all go hand-in-hand. For example, being assertive means speaking mindfully and truthfully which makes it more possible to listen mindfully and truthfully too. Listening mindfully, and communicating mindfully in general, ensures that all parties are being treated with equal respect. When mindfulness is practiced in communication, it becomes more possible to engage the tool of perception checking, too. Being assertive, listening mindfully, and checking perceptions are three relatively simple tools that can be incorporated easily into personal and professional communications. The Mayo Clinic Staff points out that being passive rather than assertive can cause health problems like stress and "seething anger." Therefore, being assertive is good for one's personal as well as interpersonal health. Being assertive can prevent the problems that lead to aggression in communication. Assertiveness is often misconstrued as aggression. In fact, assertiveness prevents aggression, when aggression is just built-up anger inside due to inability to express one's true thoughts and feelings at the time they arise. "Being assertive is a core communication skill. Being assertive means that
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