Starting close to home…


By focusing on Jaspers in the chapter on communication, McCarty focuses our attention on communication at a community level. However, it seems if we cannot even communicate effectively with the people who are closest to us, the odds seem to be against us when we attempt to enter in a serious dialogue with “the other”  – people who have different cultural backgrounds, different worldviews, different value systems, and perhaps very little interest in hearing our point of view.

So, in the interest of exploring interpersonal communication, I turn to Deborah Tannen.  For anyone who is not familiar with Tannen’s work, here is a sample:

In this one, she is focusing on the communication between mothers and daughters. So many messages and metamessages there…

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