From nonsocial and don’t want anything to do with

From
this course, I have learnt different types of communication methods,
personality traits and the Honey and Mumford’s learning styles

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Firstly,
Communication plays an important role in all aspects of life. No matter whom
you are and where you have been located communication in a must for us to
interact with others. There are two different types of communication, verbal
and nonverbal. (reference
1)Verbal communication is communicating with words.
Nonverbal communication is communicating without using words but it can be
conveyed through body language, gestures, facial expression, and eye contact
etc. Last summer, I went to Potala Palace with my family. Obviously the verbal
communication was completely different due to the language barrier, but the
most difficult part understood what they said. Luckily a local taught us some
simple phrases, namely “good morning” and “how are you”. It was interesting learning
the different phrases. Consequently, when we go
to a country which speaking in their mother tongues, both types of
communication are very important.

 

Secondly,
different people have different personalities dependent on factors such as
environment and genetic composition. Erik Erikson (reference 2) proposed our personality is dependent on the success or failure of
our development in the eight stages of life. Some people have very interesting
personalities such as outgoing, gregarious, happy go lucky etc. However, there
are others which are just plain nonsocial and don’t want anything to do with
others, just want to be quiet and to themselves. Generally
I am a very talkative, easy-going and ready to enjoy life. I enjoy
talking to people and will strike up a conversation just about anywhere. Many
people have told me I would be a great teacher if I work in kindergarten
because I have a bubbly personality

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Last
but not least, Honey and Mumford (reference 3) have
divided learning styles into four categories which are activist, reflector,
theorist and pragmatists. According to the results of the Honey and Mumford
learning style questionnaire (reference 4&5 ) I adopt a
high reflector mentality. I agree with the majority of the description of the
reflector which I believe fully describes me. A Reflector is a careful person
who prefers to take a back seat in group discussions. I like to listen to other
people’s views before I come to conclusions and take my time before making any
decisions. Also Honey and Mumford test suggests that I am a good listener which
is one of the strengths of a reflector. I fully agree with this since I have
always been someone that likes to listen to everyone in the group thoughtfully.
This gives me an opportunity to gain different perspectives from different
angles before I come to conclusions.

However,
a possible weakness that I see in myself by being a reflector is that I spend a
long time when performing set tasks. For example, during my last assignment, it
took me in excess of a month to complete it as I was dwelling too much on the
preparation stage. I spent too long researching information before I finally
began writing my assignment which is due to my cautiousness with regards to
deciding how to write it.

 

One
of the most valuable personal growth skills I can learn is empathic. It’s a
skill that not only serve others, but also one that stretchers us to become
more loving, compassionate and patient people. It’s an important skill to
master both for my personal and professional interactions. However, empathic
listening is not an easy skill to master, mainly because most of us (myself
included) would rather talk than listen. It’s more difficult than basic
listening, because empathic listening is often required when the speaker is in pain,
angry or upset. Gregorio Billikopf (reference 6) says
“Empathic listening requires that we accompany a person in her moment of
sadness, anguish, self-discovery, challenge or even great joy!”

Furthermore,
active listening isn’t part of a conversation in the traditional sense. There’s
no give and take, sharing dialogue or competing to talk. With empathic
listening, it’s all about the other person and what they are trying to
communicate with their words and with their emotions.

In
addition to these, Empathic listening is good for us, because it can builds
trust and respect, enables the disputants to release their emotions and creates
a safe environment that’s  conducive to collaborative problem solving.

 

To
summarise, empathic is useful for my
personal growth. If I become a kindergarten teacher in the coming few years, it
will bring several benefits to me such as built up trust and respect with
students and parents.