Communication and Instructor Andrea Moak Essay

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Miscommunication in Close Relationships
Amanda Villa
COM 200: Interpersonal Communication
Instructor Andrea Moak
April 6, 2014

Miscommunication in Close Relationships I believe that the author of the article “Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication” made some really great points about the problems with communication when two people are so close. The article states that spouses sometimes communicate with each other no better then strangers do. I feel that this statement is true in most relationships. It can been easy to miscommunicate with people when you think you know them so well, because you assume they know what you mean. I think it is important for people to be able to communicate with those closest to them with-out problems. This problem can be easily avoided if people would take the time to make sure that the other person knows what they are talking about, rather then just assume that they know what you are talking about. I often find myself having miscommunications with people close to me, and it often is caused because I assume they know what I mean. For instance I will ask my mom about something, assuming that she knows what I am talking about with out explaining myself. Then when she doesn’t understand what I am saying I will often get pretty frustrated at her because she didn’t understand. This will sometimes cause friction between us. We usually wont finish the conversation because I am frustrated that she didn’t understand me, and she is frustrated that I didn’t explain myself better. This is something that I find is very common with miscommunications in close relationships. I think that in the future I can help to prevent this type of miscommunication by not assuming that the person I am talking to knows what I mean. I will try to not let the closeness of a relationship effect how I communicate with people. I think its easy to forget that even though you may be close to this person that they are not in your head and cant know what you are thinking. I also think