What I Mean

The language we produce in speech is a conclusion to a set of mentally processed thoughts. These thoughts are exclusive to each individual i.e. all individuals have their own unique thoughts that aren’t configured in the same way as another individual. Yet, we still manage to bridge our thoughts, via speech and writing, to others successfully.

Since we can channel our thoughts, it becomes our responsibility to use precise and well structured language in order for others to decode the meaning we try to convey. However, as precise as we might be in delivering our thoughts; there will always be a chance of misinterpretation on the receiving end. Frequently, we find ourselves paraphrasing, writing and gesturing to explain and clarify the substance of our communication. And with all efforts, some deficiency still emerges from the part of the listener.

In consideration of the fact that people don’t share the same mental background, it seems natural that those we interact with decode our language using their own schema, which is the “cognitive framework that helps organize and interpret information in the world around us,” to understand the meaning we convey. This also implies that their understanding would differ greatly from what we intended to convey.

To wrap up, it can be stated that delivering thoughts to others can be a demanding task due to the fact that the receiving end won’t always grasp the initial meaning that was intended.



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