It is not at all unusual for social conflicts to involve some misunderstanding. In conflict situations, the persons involved communicate not only by what they say, but also by what they don’t say and how they behave toward one another. Avoiding misunderstanding takes a lot of effort.
Read more about this in the essay Misunderstandings by Heidi Burgess.
Miscommunication oftentimes results in misunderstandings. Misunderstandings may lead to marital or ‘significant other’ breakups, friendships dissolution, peer discord, co-worker feuds, and more What causes communication breakdown? How can misunderstandings be avoided?
Find the answers by reading the essay Eliminating Misunderstanding: It is wiser to choose what you say than say what you choose.
In the subject area of communication skills, Gerald Blair has written an article in which he starts out with Communication is best achieved through simple planning and control; this article looks at approaches which might help you to do this and….
Continue reading Conversation as Communication.
The International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict from the Conflict Research Consortium of the University of Colorado has a web page entitled General Information about Communication Problems that serves as a jumping point for a whole lot more on this topic.
Nowadays, electronic communication may seem to be a positive to many people. However, the electronic medium has numerous pitfalls in communication, and the potential for misunderstanding can not only be amplified but can also lead to additional problems.
There had been a good article on the internet entitled “Email Communications: The Good, The Bad, and the Worse from The Leading Edge, the newsletter of Impact Leadership Consultants; however it is no longer available (How ironic!). That notwithstanding, I suggest you read a good article that addresses misunderstandings and difficulties with electronic communications. It is from Small Business Times; continue on by clicking over to the Christine McMahon article Negotiations: Electronic communication has limitations.