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Psychological barriers of communication A barrier is anything that prevents something from getting through to its destination or receiver as intended. In communication, a barrier will prevent a message from traveling in a manner that gives it proper meaning. Although invisible, psychological barriers can be just as impenetrable as more obvious barriers, such as language differences, unless you become aware of them. The Psychological barriers can be referred to the emotional state for instance Opinions, attitudes, status consciousness, emotions, etc. of a person that deeply affects the ability to communicate. The communication largely depends on the mental condition of a person, if the person is not mentally or emotionally sound, then he cannot communicate effectively either as a sender or a receiver. Therefore every Thus, every human being has a unique mind which is composed of varied emotions, beliefs, perceptions, opinions, and thoughts that facilitate different forms of communication.


Fear. Often, we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus causes us to live in tension. This however can effect of our communication psychologically. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. A major psychological barrier is fear. For example, people are afraid to start a new job or go on a date with someone new because they fear eventually losing either the occupation or a meaningful relationship. Others are afraid of success. Perhaps you enjoy how your life is right now, and you worry how a great deal of success would change your current circumstances, which could shatter your comfort zones. Fears are personal -- people are afraid of failure, rejection and possible conflicts.

Perception, Viewpoint, Attitudes and Opinions.Perception is the mindset using which people judge, understand and interpret everything. Each person has his/he own perception of reality which is shaped from mental and sensory experiences. This has a very big influence on psychological communication.Likewise, viewpoint is also a mindset to look at the world. Sender might have a particular viewpoint that is not shared by the receiver. The sender does not explain the viewpoint but takes the viewpoint as granted. The message is not understood by the receiver as must have been understood, creating a barrier to effective communication.

More to that, Attitude is the established way in which we think and feel about things and ideas which also creates a psychological communication barrier.For example, a person takes


females to be weak which is the person’s perception. He/she tells that to someone who does not think so. This causes a misunderstanding between the two. Everything they communicate after that becomes unsuccessful that the view of the person is already set For example for self-centered attitude. In this the individual persons show their attitude or behavior of each persons. In self-centered attitude we pay attention to message which is useful orrelated toUs,-if it is not for us then we do not pay enough attention to that message The person who is highly self-centered he fails to buildup good relation with others(here we cannot learn more) Closed Mind and Filtering. Filtering is the process of reducing the details (or) unwanted things of a message if sender send the information. That we have to change or edit all unwanted information than finally we have to get the actual information to boss he wants results. Naturally, Man is selfish and put his own needs and wants, and problems above everything else. This sometimes leads people to filter information that someone is trying to convey to them. This for instance when communicating to someone has a lot of mistrust, competition, jealousy, while communicating to them, he/ she could view that the message is insignificant.

Lack of Attention: When the person is pre-occupied by some other things and do not listen carefully what the other person is speaking, then arises the psychological barrier in the communication. For example when the person does not listen to others, then he won’t be able to comprehend the message as it was intended and will not be able to give proper feedback. Conflicting Information. The receiver already has some information on which they experts to build up an idea after his communication with the speaker. If, unfortunately, the two pieces of


information are diametrically opposite, the receiver is left pondering over the reliability and validity of the original and current piece of information. He can definitely improve upon his existing stand by raising queries and sorting them out with the current speaker. For example if a person feels he is not in a position to ask questions unless he is thoroughly convinced with his existing knowledge he will not be receptive to the ongoing proceeding.Psychological barriers arise from motives, emotions, social values and different perceptions. These create a psychological distance, cause misunderstanding among people at work and hinder the communication process

The situation where communication was viewed as the problem. I have been in love with my girlfriend for 5years. We have been communicating very well for the past 4 and a half years. However, in the past months, she started being reluctant at answering my messages, emails and phone calls. However, when I would use another persona phone she would pick and claim she has been busy. It’s becoming hard to exchange information in our dying relationship. She no longer give any feedback at all times to improve the quality of information disseminated and the manner in which the information is delivered. For example, she claimed that i tend to send out information in a format confusing to her which seem to pose a communication challenge

The criteria used to solve the problem


I had to first discover and define the problem: I diagnosed the situation so that my focus is on the problem, not just its symptoms. To find out the cause and effect of the problem. Generating alternative solutions: we decided to postpone the selection of one solution until several alternatives have been proposed. Evaluate and select an alternative: Skilled problem solvers use a series of considerations when selecting the best alternative. They consider the extent to which: Together my girlfriend and I generated several alternatives to cub down the problem in communication between us Implement and follow up on the solution: Feedback channels must be built into the implementation of the solution, we decided no matter how owful the communication between us is, every one of us must give a feedback where we feel communication is not effective.

The possible solutions for the problem Established a baseline: If you are serious about effective communication, you need a baseline from which to measure progress and success, which comes from an initial assessment of problem areas. We sat and decided on what to talk about what what not to talk about. To leave the kind of conversations that bothered her with no peace of mind. This benchmark provided the basis for comparing future for I got to know what what’s working well for her and our relationship through communicating effectively. Check to make sure receiver needs are being met:Communication measurement can find out if the receiver have received and understood key messages you want to deliver. In this case sometimes I would use latin language to impress her or try to speak her language to impress her


yet I didn’t know it would irritate her. So I decided that I only use the means, language that are effective are effective at delivering those key messages. Demonstrate commitment to change:If you’re serious about improving communications, the act of measuring is a symbol of change, and will be valued by the aggrieved receiver. So we decided that we bothbeware to be effective in supporting change for effective communication without any bias Drive accountability: The bottom line is, what gets measured is what gets done we decided that we both be aware of what we communicate to each other because If a person know they’re being judged on communications efforts, they’ll start paying attention to how and when they engage the other person they are communicating to

References Journal Article; Psychological Barriers to Communication Daniel Katz ; The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceVol. 250, Communication and Social Action (Mar., 1947), pp. 17-2

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