Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chapter 14: Personal Barriers

Chapter 14 describes and explains what personal barriers are. As defined in the book, personal barriers are any individual attribute that hinders communication. The book also gives nine different subdivisions of personal barriers. Two out of the nine divisions that stood out to me the most were variations in how information is processed and interpreted and big egos.

Variations in how information is processed and interpreted refers to where and how a person was raised. It refers to what kind of schools, organizations, areas, activities, and home experiences a person may have had. Through these different ideas, a person can see what kind of references and experiences were apart of that person's life. Those ideas help create worldviews. Through these experiences and references, the way a person hears and sees is a affected by them.

Big egos stood out to me since it's something I wouldn't think of as being a barrier. However, after reading about it, I started to understand. Whether a person's ego is big or small, it affects how a person can communicate towards others. Egos influence how you talk to a person and treat others and situations.

Through these different personal barriers, a person can examine how others communicate. For example, a person may put someone down in front of everyone due to ego-related reasons. Also, a person's morals and reasoning may be related to how the person was raised at home.

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