The Power of Silence in Interpersonal Communication


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The Power of Silence in Interpersonal Communication

  1. 1. Silence A presentation by Qing Du and Mark Montiel
  2. 2. si·lence [sahy-luhns] noun1. absence of any sound or noise; stillness.2. the state or fact of being silent; muteness.3. absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern4. the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.5. concealment; secrecy.
  3. 3. Silence as a means of communication as a means of miscommunication and the power of pausing and its positive and negative values and culture
  4. 4. Silence as a means of communication Common link between speech and silence is that the same interpretive process apply to someone’s remaining meaningfully silent in discourse as to thier speaking
  5. 5. other words silence carries meaning
  6. 6. Silence as a means of miscommunication Silence can also cause trouble, in the way the message may be misinterpreted or if enacted for a long period of time Teacher: So what do you guys think Students: (silence, looking down) Teacher: (pause)... fine... sure... Yeah I agree... That’s a good point you made. Students: (Giggle) The Idea of talking to a Brick Wall
  7. 7. Silence and the power of pausing one of silence’s important features is the power of the pause. various pause times have the power to convey different meanings in different situations, falling into the idea of perception and valuation. pausing as a symbol of being in deep though vs pausing as a symbol of not being assertive
  8. 8. Silence and its positive and negative values A . A linkage function: Slience may bond two (or more) people or it may spa- rate them. B. An affecting function: Slience may heal (over time) or wound. C. A revelation function: Slience may make something known to a person (self-explpration) or it may hide information from others. D. Judfmental function: Slience may signal assent and favor or it may signal disent and disfavor. E. An activating function: Slience may signal deep thoughtfulness (work) or it may signal mental inactivity.
  9. 9. Silence and culture The Value of Silence in Japan derives from the conceptualization of the self as split into two parts. the INNER and the OUTWARD. INNER is associated with truthfulness and is located symbolically in the heart and belly OUTWARD is associated with the face, mouth, and spoken words and with deception, disguise, falsity and so on, where as silence expresses inner truth
  10. 10. as far as the inner truth is concerened silence is the best way of expressingand maintaining it, whereas when the outward truth of the spoken wordmaybe socially harmful and bringing about criticism, hatred or humilation,silence is the best means of concealing it. If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all.
  11. 11. In relationships there are two types of dimensions in the form of silence which are incomplete opposition to each other1) By expressing thier affection for each other by non verbal means and in silence-Being Lovey Dovey2) As an expression of social defiance in disagreeing with someone, objecting to whathas been said or done, or as a signal of anger and hatred-The Silent Treatment
  12. 12. Silence is GoldenSilence is Deadly
  13. 13. Fin