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  • Writer's pictureAbbie VanMeter

Relational Communication

What does it mean to you that "communication is fundamentally relational"? How does it shape your interactions to know this? How does it change the kind of social world you imagine for yourself and others?

The relational process of communication isn't something that holds us back but actually, it makes us better. The fact that communication is fundamentally relational does not mean that we have to sacrifice or compromise our vision for our social world, it means that we get to collaborate with others in order to create something even richer and better than we could have imagined on our own. In communicating, we strive to move beyond compromise to collaboration, which asks us to use our imagination, curiosity, and open-mindedness in order to create social worlds that are equitable, just, and peaceful for everyone.

What do we miss out on when we try to do things on our own or act like we have all the answers? Engaging in truly relational communication requires some humility from us, as a new path unfolds before us.

If you have taken the time to read this far, take another #MindfulMoment to consider the questions below:

❓What does it look like to engage in relationship-oriented communication?

❓How are you already embodying relational communication?

❓What could you be doing differently to prioritize your relationships?

❓What does "joint action" look like in your workplace? In your home? In your friendships?

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