Article Title: Are We Really Talking About the Same Thing?

 

Article Summary

 

This article essentially deals with one subject: how we communicate with others. At the start of the passage, the author explains how we understand what others say to us and this may not necessarily represent what they wish to communicate. He provides an example of one casual conversation he had and when he thinks about this encounter, he realizes that the response could actually have meant two things. He goes back and confirms the actual meaning intended. This is where he highlights the power of reflection.

Then, subsequently, he talks about how what we say may not necessarily be understood and he provides the examples of couples facings issues. He explains how miscommunication takes root in couples and how this is essentially a problem related to people now understanding what the other person says. He then takes up the example of a couple and explains this in further detail. Overall, this is a passage that deals with communication and how we approach it/understand it.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Acquainted: Having fair knowledge of
Articulation: The aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulation organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech/The shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
Misconstrued: Interpret in the wrong way
Monologues: Speech you make to yourself
Elicit: Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Scant: Less than the correct, legal or full amount, often deliberately
Entrenched: Dug in/Established firmly and securely

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