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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 6: Positive Communication Gives Support

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POSITIVE COMMUNICATION GIVES SUPPORT

Prelude

Colors do not exist in the world. They exist in our mind. Our perceptions about people function similarly; they do not exist in reality. Perceptions feel real to us because they influence how we think. Unfortunately, they also affect how we act toward others in the present and in the future. Once we have formed an opinion of others, it is difficult for us to let it go. As the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1992) once explained in a talk:

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