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Not What I Say




Too often, when talking to someone, I hold back details about my experiences, which is crucial for them to truly understand and connect with me during our interaction. If I don’t verbally express my thoughts, feelings, or reactions, they may be overlooked or misinterpreted, leading to confusion or misunderstandings in the conversation.

 

Sometimes, I find it easy to withhold information. When I think, “I shouldn’t say this because it might create more problems,” that’s my cue to speak up. I depend on fully understanding the other person during a conversation, and if I’m only privy to part of their thoughts or experiences, it limits me.

 

Poor communication is a significant issue I observe today. Despite having a rich language, it must convey information effectively enough to ensure deep understanding and connection. In communication, non-verbal cues often bridge the gap left by words unspoken. A pause, averted eyes, or a shift in tone can suggest more than what is explicitly stated. Such cues might lead others to assume feelings of disappointment, disapproval, or dissent, even if none was intended. Consequently, the recipient may react based on these assumptions, sparking conflicts that stem from misunderstandings.

 

Silence can be ambiguous, and its interpretation varies widely among different personalities and situations. While it may sometimes be prudent to withhold information due to specific circumstances, holding back can be detrimental in communications where connection is essential.

 

The saying, “It’s not what I say, it’s what I don’t say that causes problems,” is a powerful reminder of the importance of complete and transparent communication. By being aware of the implications of my silence and striving for clarity in my interactions, I can significantly reduce misunderstandings and enhance my personal and professional relationships. The challenge is in choosing the right words and ensuring that my silence doesn’t speak louder than my words.

 

How about you? Are you withholding significant information rather than risking disclosure?

 

Watch for the blind spots.




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Not what I say. In communication, non-verbal cues often bridge the gap left by words unspoken. A pause, averted eyes, or a shift in tone can suggest more than what is explicitly stated.

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