- Written by Dr. Stephanie Shelburne Dr. Stephanie Shelburne
Can you think of the last time you were in a conversation where you felt like you just weren't being heard or understood?
Have you ever finished a conversation and realized that you still had a ton of questions or comments and are actually not really sure what the end result of the conversation was? Or for that matter, do certain conversations leave you completely drained and feeling sort of spacey?
These are all signs that what’s happening isn’t really communication in the true sense of the word. By its very nature true communication is a lively reciprocity of energy. It requires actual engagement from each party or object involved. It requires the sending and receiving of whole messages, and it also requires the willingness to request clarification when messages are partial or convoluted.