The Perception Of Human Communication

948 WordsDec 8, 20144 Pages
Prejudice, Stereotype, and how they affect listening Often humans form opinions about one another that may hinder them from listening to a particular group or person effectively. Two ways listening can be impaired is by stereotypes and prejudices’ formed before a certain person even expresses themselves nonverbally or verbally. According to the book “Fundamentals of Human Communication” the word stereotype is defined as: “Rigid and usually negative assumptions about personal and social qualities of people who are members of a particular social category. “(G-10) Another scholarly source confirms this definition by stating that “a stereotype is a fixed or over generalized belief about a particular group or class of people. “ (Cardwell, 1996) Over the years people describe types of communication as stereotypical because it allows a communicator to judge the outcome of a conversation before it even occurs. Stereotypes can sometimes be viewed as advantageous in certain situations because it allows a communicator to judge an outcome of a situation based on past situations. For example, if a mother has talked to a doctor previously about how to treat a cold and his advice worked well, chances are she will stereotype what will take place the next time she has a cold and consults a doctor before it even happened. On the other hand, in this case stereotyping can be bad when you assume what the other communicator is going to say or do, prejudging the outcome, and you are wrong.
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