16Men Versus Women: Clash of the Communication Styles

THE ULTIMATE US/THEM DILEMMA

Over the years I’ve developed a growing appreciation for the complexity of human communication. I have deepened my awareness of how meaning exists outside of the actual words spoken and resides in the intricacies of the human mind. Perhaps most importantly, I have learned how minds can learn and how minds can change.

Here’s the story of a simple comment made in passing that carried major freight, demonstrating that it’s not just what you say, or how you say it, but how you hear it.

I had to measure the hearing acuity of all the subjects used in my dissertation research for my doctorate (you don’t want to know). Not only that, I was expected to calibrate the audiometer ...

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