Article Critique: Masking Poor Communication
Interpersonal communication is the core foundation of relationships. Personal communication is developed daily and continuous throughout life. Often the communicative relationships we develop as children determine our interaction with people socially and professionally. Researching the article “Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication” revealed important elements of communication. This article highlighted the aspects of diminished perspectives based on the degree of our personal relationships. It also highlighted problems with communication in relationships to “an illusion of insight” (Page 1,
U. S. News & World Report, 2011). This critique will review and explore the affects and impact relationships have on communication and perception.
A review of the material and personal experiences revealed several characteristics discussed in the article “Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication” (Page 1, U. S. News & World Report, 2011), which can be found to be accurate. Reviewing the article has permitted an awareness of understanding of how important interpersonal communications are received, conveyed and perceived by coworkers, family and friends. Observing several close friends and family members with spouses provided eye opening experiences. In many instances one spouse was being honest about a situation and the other spouse received the response negatively, thereby prompting an argument. Additionally, in another instance the couple was in tune with each other, promoting harmony and understanding. The varying observations permitted a review of extenuating circumstances, illuminating the fact that at times each spouse permitted personal frustrations to impede their judgment and understanding of the situation.
According to Schrodt, 2005, there are three degrees of the family communication schemata; expressiveness, structural traditionalism and conflict avoidance (Schrodt, 2005).