Communication Styles, Preferences And Models
Individuals are all different of course, particularly in how they communicate, or their communication styles. You are probably familiar with the following differentiation: assertive, passive and aggressive "styles" of communication, since that's the simplest, and best known "model of communication".
There are many others that can help you understand why you may "click" with some people, and have huge difficulties communicating with others, so we're going to look at various style and preference models.
There is no "right" or best model, as there is no "right" or "best" way of communicating, so the key is to try to find something that works for you.
General Information About Communication Models And Styles
- Why are there so many different models or collections of communication styles?
- Does having a communication style mean that a person will communicate consistently in that style?
- Is there a best communication style?
- What factors affect whether communication is successful?
Different Dimensions and Styles Of Communication
In this section, we'll look at some specific dimensions of communication. Any communication can be characterized along the lines of these dimensions, and when a person has a preference for one over its opposite, we say that s/he has a specific communication style.
Understanding these different dimensions can help us tailor our communication to the other person. There may cultural differences that push people to one or the other of the poles of the specific dimension.