Did you know?
Pain affects how we communicate
- Distract & make it hard to focus (e.g., listen to others)
- Bring up negative feelings (e.g., anger) you misdirect at others
- Make you too tired to interact & communicate with others
- Disrupt routine (e.g., work, hobbies) & make you feel you have little to share
- Make you keep silent to avoid “burdening” others
How we communicate also impacts pain
- Not appropriately expressing our thoughts & emotions contributes to:
- Stress (e.g., tension)
- Negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, resentment)
- Being misunderstood
- Not getting our needs met
- Estrangement from loved ones
- Confrontation and hurt feelings
- Worsening of pain
In this module, you will learn about:
- Communication beliefs- and how these beliefs impact social interactions
- Different types of communication styles
- How to be more assertive in communication
- Most people have trouble with communication at some time in their lives
- Knowing your challenges can help you to decide where to take action
- What are some common challenges?
- Our thoughts and beliefs about communication affect how we communicate
- It can help to identify your own beliefs about communication
There are 4 main communication styles
- Assertive Communication is the most effective
Passive communication means not expressing honest feelings, thoughts, needs, and beliefs. Sometimes people will express thoughts and feelings in an apologetic way so that others easily ignore them.
Aggressive communication means you stand up for your needs rights and express your thoughts, feelings and beliefs, however it is done in a way which is at the expense of and violates the rights of the other person. People often feel upset by an encounter with a person communicating aggressively. Superiority is maintained by putting others down.
Passive-aggressive communication is a way of expressing our feelings, thoughts, needs, and beliefs indirectly. This style means where someone is really being aggressive, but it is in an indirect way.
- Aim to use an Assertive Communication style. Use the worksheet to help you draft a plan!