When Difficulties in Expressing Yourself Clearly Leads to Misunderstanding or Miscommunication

wellness Apr 12, 2023

Effective communication is a critical component of any successful relationship, whether it be personal, professional or social. When we communicate, we exchange ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and it helps us to build a deeper understanding and connection with others. However, when communication is not clear, it can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications that can damage relationships, create conflict, and ultimately hinder success.

One of the most common causes of miscommunication is the inability to express oneself clearly. This difficulty can arise for a variety of reasons, such as word finding difficulty, lack of confidence, or a lack of clarity in one's own thoughts. When we struggle to articulate our ideas, we may resort to vague language, incompleteness of intended idea, or use of jargon or filler words that may be misunderstood as incompetence, lack of preparedness or lack of confidence. This can lead to frustration.

In some cases, a person may struggle to express themselves clearly due to a learning or communication disorder. For example, individuals with an acquired communication disorder may struggle with remembering information, reading comprehension and attention which can make it difficult for them to effectively express themselves or remember communicated ideas.

When difficulties in expressing oneself clearly lead to miscommunication, it is important to take steps to address the issue. One effective strategy is to slow down and take the time to think through what you want to say before you speak. This can help you to organize your thoughts and choose the right words to express yourself more clearly.

Another helpful strategy can be to practice active listening skills, which involves giving the speaker your full attention and repeating back what you hear to ensure that you have understood them correctly. This can help to clarify any misunderstandings and ensure that both parties are on the same page.

Additionally, one of the best ways is to seek the help of a communication expert like a Speech Language Pathologist, therapist or coach, who can provide guidance and support in developing effective communication skills.

It is essential to be patient and understanding when communicating with someone who struggles to express themselves clearly. Rather than becoming frustrated or dismissive, take the time to work through any misunderstandings and offer support and guidance where possible.

In conclusion, difficulties in expressing oneself clearly can lead to miscommunication, which can damage relationships and hinder success. By taking steps to address these issues, such as practicing active listening, being patient, and working to improve communication skills, we can build stronger, more meaningful connections and achieve greater success in all areas of our lives.

Nancy Wariari, MHA, MS CCC-SLP

SLP Neuro Care,PLLC


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