The moment I entered my workplace today, I was hit with an idea for this post. I was thinking. THINKING! Before 11am!
What I was pondering was communication. This is such a vast topic, but today I would like to talk about the lack of communication.
Growing up, I was encouraged to have independent thoughts and to debate, which in turn let me to … You guessed it! – COMMUNICATING. I figured that violence was not always the answer (although tempting), and so I would engage in discussions. Not everyone liked it, because not everyone could keep up with it. Once people realized that their smarts were being questioned and they could not defend their faults, they would walk away. However, I was fine with that. Always on a hunt for someone whom I could talk to. REALLY talk to.
Aside from getting offended because of their faulty (or there lack of) logic, people started getting offended by truth, somewhere along the way. And I went from being very open and honest to closed off, or vague. There were too many people ready to hate you at the drop of a hat for me to try and engage in a meaningful conversation. While this never mattered to me in my personal life, it did weigh on my work life decisions. Being politically correct became very important, while causing a mental health crisis was something I had to avoid.
Although, I have been coming into my own again this past year.
But let us get back on track. Today, I thought about the recent break in our human communication. I witnessed a very passive aggressive act, which could have been avoided if both parties could talk it out. The reason why I think those two are unable to work things out is because they are unable to have an honest conversation. Someone might be afraid of offending the other person. Someone might be worried about stepping on someone’s toes and potentially getting into trouble. Someone might be unable to take the emotions out of the equation for a moment.
But is being passive-aggressive better? Does it hurt less than potential words? Does it not create unnecessary toxicity?
What do you think is the reason for the lack of open communication between people?
Do you communicate openly and efficiently?
What makes you close the talking channel and become passive-aggresive?
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