Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Should I Study Communication and Why It Is Essential in Daily Life?

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Communication is the process of sending and receiving verbal and nonverbal messages between two or more people. Communication usually revolves around a few elements, which are message, source, channel, destination and receiver. The process of communication occurs every day among human, because communication is one of the key elements that drives human thoughts, ideas, opinions and emotions. In the field of human communication, there are a few types of communication that can be observed which are nonverbal communication, oral communication, and written communication. There are a lot of advantages that we can obtain from human communication study.
One of them are communication can help to solve conflicts that happen in daily life. The conflict that will be focused on is revolving around conflicts that occur during interpersonal interaction. Interpersonal conflict is a disagreement between or among connected individual who perceive their goals as incompatible. There are differences between conflicts with family members, partner or best friends with conflicts with stranger or a passer-by, which does not care about our needs and interest. It is more important to solve the conflicts which deal with connected individual that have personal relationship with us first, rather than with stranger or unknown person. This is where communication skills play an important role. In the human communication study, one of the fundamental elements that are being discussed on the field also includes conflict management strategies. By using those strategies, we are able to deal with conflicts effectively. As an example, conflict between a married husband and wife should be handled carefully to maintain the family institution that has been build. Instead of blaming each other, a softer approach can be used to deal with the conflict, such as by spending time to discuss the problem together, and focus on finding solution for the conflict. This is one of the skills that are being taught in human communication study.
          Furthermore, communication can improve the way we see ourselves. Communication is the core element that is very important during the development of an entire person. Most of our knowledge about ourselves is obtained through our communication experience. We learn about ourselves a lot during the intrapersonal communication, which is the communication that we have with ourselves, or in simpler words are thoughts in ourselves. From this type of communication, we judge ourselves, persuade and make decisions. Furthermore, the process of learning about ourselves also take place as we interact with people that are significant in our life, and this type of interaction is called interpersonal communication. Both intrapersonal and interpersonal communication helped us to have a deeper understanding on ourselves and at the same time it also can improve the way we see ourselves. Simultaneously, our self-confidence level will increase, because we already know the required skills that are vital to communicate effectively in various situations after we finished the study of human communication.
          On the other hand, studying communication can teach important life skills. Communication study includes all important skills that can give aid to us in certain conditions or situations. As approach towards understanding and exploring communication skills begin, learner will be exposed to valuable and distinctive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution and decision making. Learning these skills is not easy, but once mastered we are one-step closer to become a successful person in life. For an instance, as we work on a company, occasionally we are probably required to do some business presentations. By using all communication skills that had been learned, we are able to talk clearly while presenting information from slides, thus making our presentation stands out in front of audiences.
          Learning communication skills can help a lot in improving and strengthening relationship with other people. Our relationships with other people in our life can be influenced by our style of communication. One of the theories that can be used to explain how most relationship works is, relationship start with contact, involvement, intimacy, deterioration, repair and dissolution. This theory showed that a close relationship does not begin immediately upon the first meeting, but it gradually builds through a sequence of stages. The success of our relationship is determined by how effective we can handle conflicts or problems that are being faced. This is where communication skills can be much of help. All the important skills that are included in human communication study are actually very useful in managing interpersonal conflicts, thus enhancing and improving our relationship with other because we are able to handle problems in the relationship effectively.
          Last but not least, communication studies can help people to adapt in new place faster. Communication also occurs among people from different places, with different cultural background and origin. This type of communication is also known as intercultural interaction, and is a common occurrence among travelers, students and foreigners. The success of adapting ourselves to a new place depends on how far we are able to communicate effectively with the people at the place. Being at a different place which is very far away from our homeland, together with unfamiliar environment and way of life can cause anxiety and uncertainty to ourselves, making it difficult for us to accommodate at there. The adaptation process mainly involves understanding the language that is being used, to accept the culture background of the people at the place and lastly the intercultural transformation begin to proceeds. During the adaptation process, a deep effort on how to maximize understandings between ourselves and the people there is required, and this is where communication skills is needed. Different cultural background is one of the factors that limit our ability to communicate effectively. Thus, we need to choose certain style of communication that can be understand by the people there. To achieve this, we need to use communication strategies that focused on intercultural interactions, and this is one of the skills that are included in human communication study.
In a nutshell, studying human communication has a lot of benefits to its learner. Communication is an on-going process throughout life, and it is a matter that cannot be avoided by human. The advantages of studying communication that has been described in this essay are it can help to solve conflicts, improve the way we see ourselves, teach important life skills, improving relationship with other people, and help people to adapt in new place faster. Therefore, it is also has proven that communication skill is one of the most essential skills for human because it can assist them as they are going throughout their life. 

*This is an essay that I wrote during the third semester at my university. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me through my Facebook or you can just email me via zuhdijohan{at}yahoo.com. 

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