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Hindrances to Good Communication

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  • Melissa Perdue
  • Jun 2, 2009
  • Category: Sunday School, rss

Good communication is important in every relationship.   In todays article, we are going to discuss some common pitfalls that we fall into when talking with others. 

Proverbs 10:19 (King James Version) says In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

The first mistake people make that hinders a conversation is that they talk too much.  It is important to balance talking with listening.  This can be hard to do , but if you make a conscious effort, you will see improvement in relationships in your life. 

The second hindrance to communication is not saying enough.  Many times we don't say what we really need to say because we want to avoid conflict.  It is imperative in all relationships that we approach conflict with love and talk it out. 

I have been guilty of the next communication pitfall, but have seen noticeable difference in relationships as I work on it. It is the mistake of  cutting other people off before they finish what they are saying.  If you have ever tried to get a point across but were continually cut off before you finished what you are saying, then you know how frustrating this is! 

How many of us are guilty of this next one? Hindrance number four: blaming others instead of taking the blame will cause a total communication shut down. Be quick to admit you are wrong and slow to point out that you were right. 

The next roadblock in conversation is exaggerating.  Have you ever told your husband that he NEVER takes out the trash?  That is an exaggeration, because I bet he has taken the trash out a time or two.  That word never  redirects the conversation from the fact that your husband didn't take the trash out this time to the fact that you just said an incorrect statement by saying never.   Husbands, have you ever told your wife that she ALWAYS nags you when you get home from work?  The word always is an exaggeration.  

Last mistake but BIG one is bringing up the past that was supposedly forgiven.  This will cause major relationship problems.  We have to forgive just like Christ has forgiven us.  It is important that we learn to communicate and relate with people because they are always going to be involved in our everyday lives.  Try working on the above communication hindrances and you will see a difference in the relationships around you.