The Different Faces of Communication

Everyone in our society today has multiple sides to them. They have a family life. They have a work life. They might have some form of club they go to. A group of friends they hang out with on the weekend. All these roles different roles performed by one person can majorly influence the way they act at certain times, generally when they are in one of these roles. A good example of someone communicating in response to their environment is a caregiver, they sometimes are subject to verbal abuse and rage from the person whom they are taking care of, yet they generally keep calm and continually do as they are supposed to do; take care of their patient (Dessy, 2009).

Take myself for example, I am a student, as well as local gymnastics coach, an employee at a local restaurant, as well as a family member, and so on. While I am coaching gymnastics, generally I am reacting to the stimulus that is being given to me, extremely different to how I would react to the stimulus while I was working, and very different again to how I would react in the presence of family members. The context and stimulus is what has complete control over how someone reacts in certain situations (>140 characters, 2012).

Communication is essentially always the resulting action of stimulus, followed by a response. So no matter what the context is, the basic principle of communication still applies, only the context changes, which then changes how people react (>140 characters, 2012).

For more information about how this affects everyday life, watch the video below:




Dessy, E 2009, ‘Effective communication in difficult situations: Preventing stress and burnout in the NICU’, Early Human Development, 85, Supplement, pp. S39-S41, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, viewed 16 May 2016.

>140 characters, 2012, Communication is about stimulus-response (notes from mentoring a new planner, part 1), viewed 17 May 2016,


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