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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 5: Positive Communication Deepens Relationship


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Writing is a challenging act of communication. In his book The War of Art, Pressfield (2002) describes the problem that most writers face: “There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.” Then, he describes what resistance is and how it can be overcome.

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