Relational Interaction

Relational Categories

Communication today is multifaceted. People relate in numerous ways, whether they are conscious of it or not. From my perspective, two different categories of relational interaction exist: Communication, and Language. Like anything though, there is going to be some overlap. Consider the logical flow here. Human beings receive input through five different senses. Three senses have been leaned on, and have been developed more then the others.

Thus, we have equally strong spoken and written language, with rules and structure to govern both. In addition to phonetically spoken language, digital languages assist supplementally (like Morse code). We also have visual languages (like sign language) which has been given parameters for much greater comprehension across great cultural distances. For those lacking or weak in any of the above senses, the sense of touch has received the treatment of an organized language (brail).

Furthermore, written and spoken languages can be broken down into *much* greater detail. For example, linguistics is the field dedicated to the study of language. It has proposed several subcategories underneath it including morphology, syntax, phonetics, and semantics. Peripherally, the study of etymology and cultural roots of words becomes very important. If things were not difficult enough, linguists are usually associated by the culture or nationality they belong too.

But there is a whole other category not often explored here that I am proposing: *unorganized* communication. This is the type of language we don’t have clear cut rules marked out for. How people act to one another is a clearly “sending a message”. Both short and long-term actions can “speak” a great deal, and it is important to understand the kind of message a person is sending with their actions. The difficult thing is, this kind of relation isn’t something explicitly taught in schools. The reason is pretty clear, it is “sociological”. The field dedicated to this kind of communication is more analytical then it is expressive.

Actions are being treated as extremely diverse here as well. Consider education, as referred to above. It isn’t just “the content” that is being delivered, it is also “the method” the content is delivered with. While often education is connoted with being conducted in large, public classroom atmospheres, it also happens at the lake, in the dining room, at the park, and on the beach. Eventually, it passes on to the very individual capable of tracking down informational sources by his/herself. Most often though, actions are understood as the explicit activities done with/for another individual. Things like taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, or driving a friend down to the DMV. Our actions send messages just like speaking does, and often times – those message are what are received much more clearly then the former.


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