Is thought quality more critical for communication effectiveness? Or does language impact the thought process itself?

28 Nov 2015
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What do you think? Is thought quality more critical for communication effectiveness? Or does language impact the thought process itself?

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Over the last several years that I have been at EnglishonPhone.com, trying to help individuals enhance their communication skills, the one thing that continues to pose a challenge is the riddle of the interaction between language skills and thought process of an individual and its impact on her communication output.

Vast majority of communication skill training happening today has no place to accommodate efforts on enhancing the quality of thought of the individual. That is left to other material and spiritual disciplines. The idea being that communication is an instrument for and not a determinant of thought. In simple words it is a tool one uses to convey one’s thoughts. If the same could be done with some other tool (Sign language or telepathy for example) then be it, it would not impact the final result.

Do you agree with this view? Should we treat communication as a mere tool? Or is there more to it? A conclusive answer may require the services of experts in multiple neuro related disciplines. We all have deep exposure to language (Most of us learn two languages at the least and also teach the same to our kids) and thinking process (Arguments I think are a great opportunity to delve into this process and become conscious of its dimensions as mostly we think uni-dimensional). So, have you ever felt that beyond a point language becomes secondary and the thought process commands the outcomes of the communication effort?

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