- May 24, 2020
Communication and Gendered Communication
Communicationand Gendered Communication
Communicationand Gendered Communication
Communicationis the act of sharing information or ideas between two or morepeople gendered communication involves the exchange of informationbetween people of different sexes. Gender has a significanceinfluence on the manner in which we communicate we encode theinformation that we get based on our sexual orientation. Also, thechoice of words that the male use in their language differs from theones used by the female gender. Language, therefore, plays a criticalrole of displaying that we are gendered beings.The difference in communication style between men and women isattributed to many factors such as parental influence, biologicaldifferences and cultural impact(Lieberman,2016).
Peoplefrom the same community use similar language for communicationhowever, the way in which men and women think as well as theirexpectation when interacting with others is not the same, and thisinfluences their communication styles. People have divergentperspectives on life depending on their gender and culture hencethere is a variation in our notion on critical aspects ofcommunication based on our social location as described by thestandpoint theory(Lehn& Gibson, 2011).
Weadopt a particular way of communication due to the influence of ourgender. Men use language for the purpose of seeking a direct solutionto a problem. On the other hand, women strive to create intimacy incommunication by discussing a problem at length and showing empathyso as to reinforce a relationship.According to performance theory, people create their identity basedon how they communicate with others. Our performance depends on whowe are and our ability to complete a particular task. We can onlymake other know about our potential through communication and actions(Wood,2012).
Genderedcommunication is inevitable at workplace this is because it is leastexpected that people will have the same behavior.Workplace presents a setup where there is mixed gender consisting ofpeople who share equal experience, knowledge, and stature. Thedifference in communication based on gender present a challenge ofestablishing an effective communication thus creating gender barriersat the workplace as a result of gender stereotypes. The genderdifference is displayed in leadershipstyles as well as emotional intelligence this characteristic has asignificant impact on an individual’s career growth. It is important that we identify the common behavior of communicationand use them to promote open communication among the employees(Wood,2012). The type of communication that people use at the workplace andtheir interaction between different genders is influenced by theculture. This is according to the symbolic interaction theory whichasserts that people carry the cultural aspects of their communitysuch as social norms to their place of work. Besides, they will feeluncomfortable when the norms of the organization where they workcontradict their culture(Lehn& Gibson, 2011).
Itis observed that when women talk, they tend to reveal a lot ofpersonal details and express their feelings. Moreover, theyconcentrate on a single topic of discussing and rarely shift to adifferent one, they are also considerate of other people and avoiddominating a conversation to allow others to make their contributionas well. In contrast, men rarely reveal their feelings and personalinformation when communicating (Ames & Burcon, 2011). Theyusually present themselves as people with a better understanding ofthe current affairs. They shift from one topic of discussion toanother as they communicate. In most cases, men dominate aconversation.
Culturedetermines the set of norms that people are supposed to use and theirrelationship with one another, it has a different influence on menand women. This influence begins at childhood and proceeds toadulthood. For instance, depending on our culture there exist a setof games that are reserved for boys and the ones for girls. The gamesthat boys play have elements of competition and conflicts thus makingthem become more aggressive while the games that girls engage in areusually focused on building relationships. Influence of culture oncommunication may create a misleading perception about a givengender, men usually incorporate a lot of abstract argument in theircommunication. However, this does not imply that they are morelogical in their reasoning, it is due to their preference of engagingin a logical argument over expressing their feeling as in the case ofwomen (Wood, 2012).
Thereis a considerable variation in the way in which we communicate at apersonallevel and in professional environments. Personal communication ismore informal, and people display the type of communication that isinherent to them without any form of influence(Lieberman,2016). However, the type of communication that people use in aprofessional environment is affected by the values of the company andorganizational culture. Irrespective of the situation, men challengesthe opinions of others and come up with a different perspective dueto their desire get more information and enhance their understandingof the issue at hand.Conversely, women share their feelings and compliment others tocreate cohesion, trust and establish a healthy relationship(Ames& Burcon, 2011).
Inconclusion, the difference in communication between the two gendersis mainly due to socialization, this difference does not give one sexsuperiority over the other. We need to recognize the effect thatgender has on communication and learn the elements of communicationthat we should adopt to facilitate our interactions with people ofthe opposite sex. This will help minimize instances ofmisunderstandings which may lead to conflict consequently decreasingour level of productivity.
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