Chapter 27: Reflection
Communication is a tricky process, fraught with the peril of misunderstanding. Successful communication requires four separate steps. To illustrate, imagine that you and your friend Daniel are having a conversation; Daniel talks and you listen.
Step 1. Daniel has a concept that he wants to express. He translates this into words.
Step 2. He speaks the words.
Step 3. You hear the words.
Step 4. Based on your interpretation of the words you heard, you make your best guess at the concept Daniel had in Step 1.
Any one of these four steps can go wrong. Step 1 could go wrong if Daniel fails to capture his intent accurately with the words he chooses. Step 2 could go wrong if he accidentally stumbles over his words. Step 3 could go wrong if you mishear the words he spoke. Step 4 could go wrong if you incorrectly guess Daniel’s intent or meaning.
With all these possibilities for error, it’s a wonder successful communication ever happens at all! One way to make communication more successful is to add a Step 5: Reflection.
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