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So many communication style models can be confusing

Why Are There So Many Different Communication Models and Styles?

There are indeed many different models and styles in the land of communication, and it can be confusing, since they often overlap but use different jargon.

There are two related reasons for why scientists and researchers have defined so many different styles and approaches to communication.

First, humans communicate in ways different from every other species, so it's understandable that we tend to be fascinated by our unique ability to use language. That fascination brings us to the second reason.

Communication Attracts The Interest Of MANY Different Disciplines With Different Interests

Communication models and styles come from a number of different disciplines with different core ideas and viewpoints.

For example, sociologists tend to look at communication in group settings, looking at patterns, roles, etc, in a way that is different than let's say, a Psycholinguist, who may be interested in looking at structure, meaning and so on.

Even within a discipline, let's say Psychology, there are different schools, or approaches, from the ancient Freudian approach to something like Neurolingustic Programming (NLP). Each is based on different assumptions, and is oriented differently, so it's not surprising that many many models, and styles get defined.

No Need To Get Confused Over Too Many Models

While it may seem complicated to keep the various styles straight, the benefits are huge, and not just theoretically.

While communication styles don't dictate how you communicate, being aware of different ways of looking at your communication, and that of other people, can help you tailor how you communicate and identify the source of difficulties when things go wrong.

That's why we cover a number of models and styles here.



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