Communication: what to avoid in order not to be unfriendly?

Being liked or disliked is often determined by several factors, including the way one communicates (language, facial expressions, gestures, posture), one’s attitude towards others and empathy.

Here are some key points to consider:

Communication: The way you express yourself can influence your likability. If you are sarcastic or overly critical, you may be perceived as unlikeable. On the other hand, if you are open, kind and interested in what others have to say, people may find you more likeable.

Empathy: The ability to put yourself in other people’s shoes and understand their emotions is crucial for establishing positive relationships. If you know how to listen and show genuine interest in the experiences and feelings of others, you will be perceived as an empathetic and therefore more likeable person.

Attitude: The general attitude you display towards others can influence your perception of likability. If you are open, warm and friendly, people may feel more comfortable with you. On the other hand, if you show coldness, distance or a negative attitude, you may be perceived as unlikeable.

Authenticity: Being yourself is important to be perceived as likeable. If you try to be someone else or hide your real personality, you may convey a sense of falsehood that can lead to rejection and repulsion of others. Show yourself to be authentic and try to bring out your positive traits in a natural way.

Respect: Respect for others is fundamental to establishing positive relationships. Treat others with kindness, listen to their opinions and try to avoid judgments or offensive behaviour. Mutual respect fosters a positive atmosphere and can help make you more likeable.

Remember that improving likability takes time and effort. Observe your behaviour and try to make small positive changes. Be patient and open to continuous learning so that you can improve your relations with others.

Here are the most frequent mistakes in speaking that can make a person dislike you:

1.         Selfishness in speaking: Talking exclusively about oneself without giving space to others can make a person seem self-centred and uninterested in others. It is important to show interest in others, ask questions and actively listen to the answers to create a balanced and engaging dialogue.

2.         Constant interruption: Constantly interrupting others during a conversation shows a lack of respect and consideration for their opinions. Every person deserves to express themselves without being interrupted. Waiting one’s turn to speak and allowing others time to express themselves is essential for smooth and respectful communication.

3.         Criticism and judgement: Being constantly critical and judging others can create tension and dislike. Everyone has the right to have different opinions and constant criticism can make people feel attacked or inadequate. It is important to be open to dialogue, trying to understand the point of view of others and respecting differences of opinion.

4.         Lack of active listening: Not being attentive during a conversation can make the other person feel ignored or unappreciated. Avoid distractions, such as looking at the phone or thinking about what to say next, and instead show interest through active listening, these are signs of respect and kindness. Ask follow-up questions and repeat, and if appropriate reproduce what the other person has said, to show understanding and involvement.

5.         Arrogance and superiority: Displaying an arrogant or superior attitude may alienate others and make it difficult to establish a positive relationship. Being humble, discreet, respecting the opinions of others and treating everyone with kindness and respect contributes to a pleasant and inclusive communication environment.

6.         Violating personal boundaries: Every person has personal boundaries that must be respected. Invading someone’s personal space, asking prying questions or touching sensitive topics without permission can make people feel uncomfortable and create dislike. It is important to be sensitive and respect others’ boundaries during a conversation.

7.         Negativity and constant complaining: Being constantly negative, complaining or criticising can negatively affect the mood of people around you. Focusing on positive topics, finding solutions instead of complaining, and trying to keep an optimistic perspective help to create a more pleasant and welcoming atmosphere during conversation.

8.         Lack of respect for communication rules: There are some basic rules that determine effective communication: politely waiting to take your turn to speak, avoiding interrupting, not raising your voice and listening to the opinions of others. Not following these rules can create tension and make positive and harmonious communication difficult.

Remember that effective communication is based on kindness, consideration for others and active listening. Avoiding these mistakes can help create more pleasant, respectful and meaningful conversations with others.

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