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Being Right or Finding a Solution

See if you can notice the differences in the communication styles by reading the following conversations.

Being Right

Michelle: You're such a loser.  You can't do anything right, ever!

Sandy: Look who is talking.  You can't even get a ball over the net when we play volleyball.

Michelle: Oh!  You think you are so great!  You go home crying to Mommy every time you get a little cut or scrape.  You are a real baby!

Sandy: Don't call me a baby! You are so skinny and scared of your own shadow. You are a baby! 

Michelle: You are a baby and none of the other girls like you!

Sandy: I know Janet, Anna, and Denise hates you.  They think you are weird!

Michelle: I don't care if they like me.  Those girls don't rate in my book. 

Finding a Solution

Steve: You always keep the television blaring and I can never fall asleep.

Scott: I didn't know it kept you awake.

Steve: It does and I can't concentrate in school the next day.

Scott: I can't fall asleep without the television on.

Steve: Well, I can't fall asleep with the television on and we are stuck sharing the same room.  What are we going to do?

Scott: So we don't keep getting mad at each other, let's think of what we can do to make this situation better for both of us.

Steve: You could come in and go to asleep after you get real tired watching television in the family room.

Scott: I would just get drowsy and fall asleep on the couch.  I don't think that will work for me.  Maybe you could come in to go to sleep after I am already sleeping.

Steve: No, then I can't go to bed or be in my room when I want.  Maybe you could wear headphones to bed.  What do you think of that idea?

Scott: That's a great idea!  I have always wanted headphones anyway, so that might solve our problem!

After you have read the conversations, answer the questions on the attached worksheet in the text boxes provided.

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Good communication skills require a high level of self-awareness. Understanding your personal style of communicating will go a long way toward helping you to create good and lasting impressions on others. By becoming more aware of how others perceive you, you can adapt more readily to their styles of communicating. This does not mean you have to be a chameleon, changing with every personality you meet. Instead, you can make another person more comfortable with you by selecting and emphasizing certain behaviors that fit within your personality and resonate with another.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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