Communication Is So Necessary Yet Often Fails

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Interpersonal Skills

Vivienne Glen

Student # 16613

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Communication Is So Necessary

Yet Often Fails

Vivienne Glen, Student No: 16613

Australian College of Applied Psychology


Communication is not an easy process. It involves verbal and non-verbal attempts to assist the other person to understand what we are trying to communicate. Yet it often fails. This paper discusses communication failure in light of current theory.


Communication is vital in society to aid the development of positive relationships by sharing, thoughts, feelings and behaviours with others. Communication is used in attempt to relate with others as a way to fulfil a range of needs and wants. It is used to interact to feel secure about ourselves, to feel accepted, valued and respected also to love and feel loved.

Effective interpersonal communication improves many areas in life such as efficiency at work, maturity, health and personal growth. It helps to sustain close relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

It takes place in many forms such as face to face, online, telephone, written, film, television or radio. It involves a source and a receiver as well as encoding and decoding.

Like anything in life its effectiveness will vary with the choices that are made and the ways they are communicated.

Devito (2009) states "Interpersonal communication cannot be prevented (is inevitable), cannot be reversed (is irreversible), and cannot be repeated (is unrepeatable) (p24).

It is all based on the choices made the whos, hows and whys of communication. With the right skills, choices in communication can be executed in a way that is appropriate to any situation, without them it is found that some of the time attempts made will fail for one reason or another.


To communicate well first it must be understood that the communication process is...