Sunday, January 15, 2012

Communication Skills: Language, Nonverbal, Listening


An excellent example of many communication behaviors is the long-running television sitcom, the infamous “show about nothing,” Seinfeld, which is widely considered to be one of the most succesful television series of all times. There are four main characters: Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer. Whether done purposefully by the writers of the show or by a simple incidental reflection of communication styles in our culture, Seinfeld exemplifies many of the communication behaviors we take for granted, all in a very humorous manner.

The four characters are very comedically written characters are true paragons of different communication styles, and as such, most of the problems that occur in the very loose plots of Seinfeld are due to breakdowns in communication. There can be no doubt that Seinfeld is a show that, quite simply, revolves around interpersonal communication.

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