1.Title: Communicating Interpersonally
2.Authors John Stewart , Karen E. Zedikar,Saskia Witteborn
4.Publisher Jaico Publishing House , Mumbai
7.Genre: Management ,Psychology,Sociology
Communication plays a very important part in all relationships .Yet , we hardly try to learn communication .This book on communication is written by John Stewart , Karen Zedikar and Saskia Witteborn , all from University of Washington--- basically teachers and researchers.
I have tried to distil ten most important points about communication from this book of 414 pages , as below.These statements apply in important relationships including friendships.
1.Understand the other person’s culture , value systems , beliefs and attitudes.
2.Be honest and trustworthy in communication and interaction.
3.Never use hurtful, aggressive and violent statements.
4.Have respect for the dignity of the other person .
5.Be trusting .
6.Have transparency (open sensitivity).
a)Face the other person when talking.
b)Maintain eye contact.
c)Make responsive sounds.
d)Select open sensitivity responses.
8.In cyberspace including social media , be careful to present yourself and relate to others.
9.Follow Universal Rules of Relationships/friendships:
a)Respect the other person’s privacy.
b)Do not discuss that which is said in confidence with the other person .
c)Do not indulge in sexual activity with the other person.
d)Do not criticize the other person publicly.
Communication is a very vast and complex subject .If you want to read it as a serious subject , you can read this book like a text book .Otherwise , it can be left to he students of communication .