Thursday, March 8, 2012

The 3rd Danger Sign of Communication

Negative Interpretations

A negative interpretation occurs when one person maintains a pessimistic perspective of another person in general.

Making negative assumptions about…
- The other person’s motives – believing the worst instead of the best in another
- Their actions – see what we expect to see
- What they say – hearing things more negatively than intended

Having a bias against someone is usually at the center of a negative interpretation, whether intentionally or not. People do it all the time by making a judgment about a particular ethnic group, gender, region of the country, worker, etc.

Fill in the blank. I witnessed a negative interpretation when _____________ .

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