The importance of communication

This is a topic I think about a lot and it’s almost ironic as thinking arguably has nothing to do with verbal communication at all really. I’ve always been fascinated with the way people communicate, but ever since I started studying psychology at University I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer what i call “on the life” learning. Sod “on the job” learning it really is all about “on the life”. Some things just can’t be taught in the classroom and perception of people is one of those things that can’t I don’t think.

i get frustrated with the fact that a lot of people, especially those with a more introverted personality are often isolated in many areas of society - don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, there are so many benefits to the introverted lifestyle but i won’t talk about those now, I’ll save that for another 4am writing session :) - but it’s almost like if find yourself in a situation where you don’t engage immediately with a person or group or seem uninterested in small talk or even talking to just any old somebody you’re automatically labelled as “aloof” or “unsociable” or even downright rude. 

But the truth of the matter is that it’s not all about verbal communication. It’s about body language and subtle looks and eye contact and reading the other person or situation through other mediums such as observing the way they write or draw or create music and art. The sad thing is, is that a lot of people don’t or rather won’t delve deeper and judge on the immediate response they receive when in fact there often is so much more depth and charisma to a person than is on display on the outside. It’s one of the reasons I am so inspired by photographers and musicians from all different cultures all over the world and will travel to what sometimes feels like the ends of the earth to see them perform. 

Look at the way these individuals observe the world. Look at the way they react to an emotional story. Look at the way they react to their own and other people’s music and art. There’s no words to be seen in these reactions but a story to be told in a dimension much more compelling and dynamic than just simple words.

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