The work below has been written by another student. Please reply to it by proving at least 250-280 words, APA and at least 2 citations. Topic: Identify a specific interpersonal communication need that has been revealed to you through the readings. Why is this particular need important to you and perhaps to your faith journey? What resources did you identify that will help you meet this need?
(Son) When I began my journey at Liberty University, it was in the hopes of developing my communication skills to be utilized professionally. As a law enforcement professional, I began to wonder if perhaps there was a better way of understanding and communicating with criminals. Liberty offered a master’s program in human services with a focus on criminal justice counseling. This seemed perfect for me and a little over a year ago, I began graduate school. Ironically, what I have come to learn is that my ability to communicate, understand, and deal with criminals is actually very good. What I really need to work on is my ability to speak to normal people.
During my coursework and this class in particular, I have come to understand that I have become so accustomed to working with certain types of individuals, and interact with so many bad people that you lose your ability to relate to normal people. I am sure that many law enforcement officers and soldiers can relate. When you see enough evil or trauma your perspective on life changes. In some ways it is beneficial because it allows you to prioritize what really matters and brush off a great deal of the little annoyances of life. Yet, in other ways it hardens you and may cause you to be a bit insensitive to the needs of those around you. For instance, I will often come home from having spent a tremendous amount of time with my partners. I get used to using language and speaking in a way that my wife finds offensive. I often find that I have to filter myself when speaking to her or her friends as it may come across as too harsh. I used to believe that they were the problem, and that they were sheep who worry about trivialities. In hindsight I realized that a large part of communicating effectively requires one to be mindful and listen to what the other person is saying from their perspective (Stewart, 2012). Perspective plays a large role in being able to understand others, and it is important to realize that your own perspective colors the information you inhale from others (Stewart, 2012). Often times we feel as though someone is saying something we disagree with, when in reality we are only hearing what he, or she says from how we choose to see it. Even if our perspective may be incorrect.
Stewart, J. (2012). Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (11th Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill