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Communication and Gender

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Communication and Gender

After doing my research on communication between men and woman, I found it quite interesting that they communicate the same, but yet so differently. It was very interesting for me to see that men are able to discuss just about any topic and be able to agree to disagree and still be able to continue on with what they were doing. On the other hand woman take communication so much more seriously and actually process what is being talked about and takes to heart what is being said. You will see in my findings just how interesting this topic is. You will also see that both men and woman communicate the same but it is how it is processed by woman that makes communication so different.

Workplace Communication

I believe that men and women do communicate differently. There are several differences in the way that men and women communicate differently. According to Roz Usheroff (2002), “women tend to take things more personally than men” (p.6). Women are more sensitive to criticism than men are. Women are also more emotional when they transfer information. Usheroff notes that “men can direct digs at each other in a meeting yet are able to leave laughing, together” (p.6). Women on the other hand hold onto the negative feelings and avoid contact with the person. Another difference between men and women is that “men tend to focus on the process rather than the relationship”. Men “avoid expressing their feelings of emotion and discomfort” whereas women “like to talk on an emotional level and seek to bring feelings into conversations” (Usheroff). A third way that men and women are different when communicating is that women thrive on relationship building. Women use conversations to build and sustain interaction with others (Usheroff). Women are more open with their feelings and share personal information voluntarily whereas men stay away from personal topics. Lastly, according to Usheroff, “women tend to be more detailed, descriptive, and begin the subject from the beginning rather than the end” (p.6). Women have a habit of sharing too many facts and this can cause men to think that women are long-winded and lack confidence.

Differences in communication between men and women do make a difference in the workplace. Diane Kunde (1994) stated that “communication tangles can cause stress and conflict at a time when teamwork is increasingly important”. When working on projects “men get straight to work on a task and build relationships


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