There are 12 barriers to effective communication that destroys any type of relationship. Be sure to overcome these roadblocks if you want happy relationships.
1. Criticizing. Criticism involves judgmental states that usually put down a person. "Don't do it that way", "You're wrong", "You're not very good at...", and "You need to lose weight" are a few simple criticisms. We think criticism changes people, though it only reveals our own problems. Kill this barrier before it kills your relationships.
2. Labeling. Labels are names. An extreme form of labels is name-calling. "You're a jerk", "You are silly", and "I think you're mean" are some examples of labeling. Labeling is a barrier to communication because it categorizes people. It assumes people to have characteristics and destroys uniqueness that makes an enjoyable relationship.
3. Diagnosing. A diagnosis is one of the more complex barriers to effective communication. It involves reading into a person's behavior. I call it "playing the amateur psychologist". Some examples of the diagnosing barrier are: "You're just jealous about...", "You need to be happier", and "Stop trying to antagonize me."
4. Praising. People are always surprised when they hear praise is a communication barrier. Praise is not always a barrier because it depends on how it is given. Praise is so often poorly given as it makes people - especially children - dependent on receiving verbal rewards. "You're a good boy", "I love you for doing what you did", and "You're a lovely person because you think about me". Learn to praise a person's behavior, and be specific, to avoid evaluative praise and making people dependent on your praise.
5. Ordering. Orders are controlling statements to get people doing something. They are akin to dictatorship. "Go wash the dishes", "Stop complaining", and "Stop fighting with..." Orders force people to comply based on authoritative power. The result is resistant change and resentment. It is very common for people to rebel against orders so they regain their freedom. Psychologists call this "psychological reactance".
6. Threatening. A threat is similar to an order, except it has emphasis on punishment. "Go wash the dishes or I won't cook for you tomorrow night", "Stop complaining or you'll be sent to your room", "Stop fighting with... or you'll be grounded". Just like orders, threats create fear, temporary results, and resentment - while killing a relationship.
7. Questioning. How could questioning be a barrier to effective communication? Like praise, there are types of questioning that make it a roadblock to good relationship communication. Rhetorical questions is one common form of poor questioning. Examples include, "Why do you disobey me?" "Why do you always do wrong?" and "What about my needs? You constantly ignore them."
These are 7 of 12 barriers to effective communication. When you overcome all 12 barriers to effective communication, you communicate openly, intimately, understand you're partner - all the while creating change in your relationships.
Joshua Uebergang, aka "Tower of Power", is an Australian relationship communication skills coach, author, and owner of Tower of Power. He is author of "Communication Secrets of Powerful People", a book that shows you the 12 communication barriers in depth so you can develop great relationships with anyone. Learn more about his groundbreaking book by visiting: TowerOfPower.com.au/secrets