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The Art of Positive Communication

Theory and Practice

Julien C. Mirivel

How we communicate with each other matters greatly. Our identity, our friendships and marriages, our families, and our culture are the product of how we speak to one another. Our words affect our hopes and dreams, as well as those of our children. We insult, complain, or criticize. We compliment, offer support, and inspire. These are choices that take place in the crevices of our most private and public conversations with others.
This book bridges communication theory and practice to foreground an important message: positive communication matters. By examining closely how people talk to each other at home or at work, this book enables undergraduate and graduate students to communicate more positively. The Art of Positive Communication is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in interpersonal communication courses and as a supplemental text to inspire all students to communicate better.
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Chapter 4: Positive Communication Affects the Self


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I know that this has happened to you. You know what the right thing to do is: to tell your significant other how much you love him or her, to make a compliment to a colleague, or to greet your wife when she comes home. And yet, the voices inside of you are preventing you from doing it. You think to yourself: “Why should I initiate the greeting?” “Why isn’t he taking care of me?” “What has she done for me lately?” When we communicate with others, we often have to manage the voices inside of us. This is why we can learn to quiet Self 1.

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