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Men and Women's Communication Skills

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Emily Price


Comparison/Contrast Essay


Men and Women’s Communication Skills

When it comes to open communication between men and women, typically there is something lacking. It seems men never want to confess their true feelings, good, bad or indifferent. Their machismo nature has alot to do with this, women are the opposite, more openly expressive and willing to communicate to an open ear. Men and women would get along better if there weren’t such a communication barrier between them. These differences will be further expressed.

“Women have more a more consensus based style of communication skills wheras men have more hierarchical based style of communication” (Lieberman). Women are more prone to ask questions and get different opinions on certain topics whereas men are more than likely to give orders and direction. This is greatly acted out within the work place.

“According to Simma, 55% of males and females fit the standard norm of communication, while the other 45% have different ways of processing infomation.” (Lieberman). “Women are more relationship inclined. Opening up and giving vivid details of emotion helps to build a rapport among women. In comparison to men they are more shallow, only reporting information to a selected few” (Kelley).

Men sometimes base their communication skills on pride, whereas women do not. Men are more inclined to be un-shakable and serious, women are more inclined to be more open-minded and willing to band together in a group setting. Men absorb information by stripping   down the information and seeing it for what they want to see it for, unlike women they just want to see and know the whole picture for what its worth (Kelley).

Context is essential in communication. Women like to give men the context of a situation in conversation before giving out the headlines. “Doing this drives men crazy and they tend to roll their eyes at women during those times” (Clark).
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