Ah, how refreshing to see another blog started with a cliché.
Freeman Teague Jr., now better known as Gypsy Teague, said, “Nothing is so simple it cannot be understood”, I have no idea what that means!
I often wonder, is anything simple at all anymore? We have so many different points of views and ways of expressing said views that it seems every interaction more than “who won the Monday night football game?” has some complexity. Freeman/Gypsy Teague is a transgender female author. I found irony that someone with such a complex life would have their name attached to a famous quote about misunderstanding, it seems so fitting.
I personally dream of existing in a time where communication came very natural and people were upfront and honest while maintaining a healthy level of transparency, however, I like having a microwave and a DVR function on my cable box. As I have studied different forms of communication, in the classroom and in real life interactions, I can’t help but think, now and days, we all have an agenda.
We are the first ones to raise our hands and agree that we have transparency in our lives and that we communicate openly, truthfully and above all effectively. That alone proves that communicating the truth (I find that synonymous with transparency as it relates to communication) is a complex task in itself. The news and media surround us with business people, athletes, soccer moms, educators and presidents who all claim transparency, their claim alone is a contradiction.
In the many stages of our lives we see a breakdown in communication which can often cause exponential problems. It can be something minor like not telling the trooper who pulled you over how fast you ‘know’ you were going, which provokes him/her to hand a ticket over to you that much quicker. On a more complex scale it can be a husband not telling his wife he thinks their relationship is lacking or his wife not successfully receiving his message of discontent which can ultimately lead to infidelity.
As I write I see my message is becoming somewhat ambiguous (maybe not), only proving my point. Take this as you will, regardless of what I say or how I say it, everyone is going to make their own assumptions and determinations. We often perceive things how we choose to regardless of they are communicated to us, no matter how hard we try to be translucent in our messages we have to realize that while transparency in our messages and expressions may be the goal, things can often get construed. Whether it’s a blatant lie, a mistake in the medium we wish to communicate our message through or a lack or over abundance of perceived transparency, miscommunication is one of the few things we can rely on!
There is nothing profound here in my message, just some thoughts surrounding our ability to think we are communicating affectively, when in reality, the majority of the time we are not! People communicate 55% by body language, so I guess everyone will have a different perception of what my thoughts really are.