It happen last Thursday.
I came home like I do every Thursday. The wife greeted me with, “How’s your day?” “O.K.” came the zombie reply. “What’s wrong?” was the response “Nothing” I said with a slight tune. To this the wife responded with THAT word, “What-ever!”
That word, when neutral, means a lack of restriction in referring to any thing or amount, no matter what. Here’s the kicker, that word is never neutral. Try it, try saying whatever in a neutral tone; other then a half-dead zombie.
We are sensual people, we live through our senses. One of those sense is hearing. Last month I wrote a post about the two parts of communication → You’re Not hearing Me that post explained the two components of communication; the transmitter and receiver. This post is about another form of communication: META-communication and how to avoid it’s traps.
Meta is a word which, like so many other things, we have the ancient Greeks to thank for. When they used it, meta meant “beyond,” “after,” or “behind.” So Meta-communication is communication that is “beyond,” “after,” or “behind” the communication. HUH In other words; Read between the lines. It’s what happen to me last Thursday. In fact, a majority of our communication is non verbal. Studies show that Communication is only 7 percent verbal and 93 percent non-verbal. The non-verbal component was made up of body language (55 percent) and tone of voice (38 percent). So, your communication problem is not what you’re saying but how you’re saying it.
Since communication compromises two main parts, the receiver and the transmitter, diagnosing the source of the problem is pretty easy. Over half the messages we interpret depend upon the position of the transmitter (body language) and over a third depend on the tone alone. Text messages and other written communication take care of the position problem but not the tone. We humans are special. Half of you read special with a hint of sarcasm and the other half … know you’re special. The problem is not what we hear or read but rather what we THINK we hear or read.
The solution: Find a therapist 😆 Or do what I do, assume everyone is an idiot. For the record ➡ I’m an idiot. If you come across an idiot that makes you comfortable or you like the way they say things … keep that idiot.There are four idiots in my life I cannot live without, my wive and three children, the rest I can easily avoid. If you come across an idiot that makes you uncomfortable or you don’t like what they say … avoid that idiot. I hear you; What if I’m married to that idiot? Find a therapist.
I should note that avoidance comes in two flavors: physical and mental. Some people you can’t avoid physically but you can avoid them mentally, if you’re not sure how to do that read You’re Not hearing Me and Stay in YOUR Lane again.
Here is a story that, I feel, shows how to avoid idiots:
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
My point → I AM AN IDIOT ← and we are ALL idiots. The best way for me to be less of an idiot is to judge only myself because at the end I want to say:
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.