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What are the Barriers to communication? Types of barriers to communication and how to overcome barriers of communication

What are the barriers to communication?

We communicate with others but we do not know how effectively we communicate? and what are the barriers to communication so today I will tell you all of those barriers and types of barriers to communication and how to overcome those barriers of communication?

First of all, you should know that communication is not always successful. There are certain barriers that affect the accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness of a message. 

These barriers always stop the growth of communication and as a result, feedback is not expected from other party.

Let say I am talking to my friend and if he will face problem in adjusting frequency with me then there will be a barrier in communication between us.

We should also keep in mind that the effectiveness of communication is also affected by the physical barriers like noise, distance, and channel and the media used in the process of communication.


Types of barriers to communication

Semantic/Language barriers to communication

Different people get different meanings to one specific message and that occurs due to various things for example problem in understanding the meaning of the message. 
  1. Could not understand language: Let say my friend speaks Spanish and I speak English so when I will say something in English then he will not get my point in case he cannot speak English. So a language becomes a barrier in communication in this case.
  2. Poor translation skills: Let suppose a Chinese man cannot speak English but he is trying to talk to a person whose native language is English then the Chinese man would not be able to translate the message for English speaking people to understand it completely.
  3. Words with more than one meaning: There are some words that have more than one meaning depending on the situation. For example, if I say "wash your face" and in other situation "face the challenges of life". Now it is clear to you that this sentence has two meanings.
  4. Unclarified assumptions: Let say your friend said you have to do your assignment and after that, you have to go to the library for further project research but what you get is you just need to do your assignment.
  5. Technical words or Jargons: If you are not using simple words but some kind of technical words or jargon according to the topic of your communication then there can be a barrier to communication.
  6. Body language: Sometimes body language can also be a barrier to communication. Suppose your friend is trying to talk to you about something and you are just behaving like you are not interested or using your phone and the person who is talking to you thought you are not interested then He/She will stop talking to you because of your body language.

Psychological/Individual/Emotional barriers to communication

This type of barrier occurs because of one's own ability to interpret the message or to send any kind of message and that includes low efficient listening and reading skills and negative psychological conditions.
  1. Premature evaluation: It occurs when we try to judge things from our own way of thinking before understanding and listening to it properly. For example, I want to take holidays from the office and I talk to my colleague about holidays then He/She might want holidays because I want to enjoy but in fact, you are taking it because of your personal problems.
  2. Inattention: This is very common and I think it happens with everyone. we try to talk to someone but they do not put in attention and that becomes a barrier to communication.
  3. Loss of transmission: Suppose a message flows from 1 to 2 to 3 in a chain so chances are the message will lose its original format when it will come to 3. 
  4. Distrust on written message: Sometimes when you get a written message from someone then you do not find it reliable because you do not trust the person who sends you or you think the source is not reliable.

Organizational barriers to communication

This barrier occurs due to reasons like the physical distance between members with respect to their functional specialization of tasks, power, authority, and status relationship, etc.
  1. Organizational policy: If the organization is strict and do not allow free flow of communication and you have to follow rules and regulations of organization then you will mostly talk in "formal language" then the organizational policy would act as a barrier to communication.
  2. Status: Sometimes certain managers feel they have a certain status in the organization and they look down on others.
  3. The complex structure of the organization: If the organization have complex structure then at times you will get confused whom you should contact for a certain problem so that can be a barrier to communication.
  4. Organizational facilities: Facilities can also become a barrier. For example, you do not have your official email in your organization then you would not be able to send emails.
  5. Noise in the organization: If there will be noise in your organization then communication would be difficult and noise would act as a barrier.

Personal barriers to communication

Sometimes you become the barrier to communication due to your inner fear or lack of confidence etc.
  1. Fear of challenges: Sometimes you do not share your opinions because of fear inside you and you think what your superior says is correct and I think that happens due to lack of confidence and sometimes we also do not share our opinions because of lack of incentives. For example, your boss does not share the opinion of the whole team and He/She shares his/her opinion and then chances are you will not share your opinion next time.

Some other barriers to communication
  1. Cultural/Geographic barrier: When we talk to people of different cultures then chances are there would be a barrier to communication because of their cultural/geographic differences.
  2. Interpersonal barrier: This type of barrier arises in the process of communication and reason is the relationship or attitude of other party.
  3. Technological barrier: Technology, no doubt have made our lives easy but due to advancement in technology if you are not sending your message through advance technology then it can also act as a barrier to communication.
  4. Information overload: If someone is talking to you for an extended period of time and you are getting tired or you are getting more information in a short time and that is difficult for you to absorb then there will be information overload.
  5. Difficulty in hearing: If you have difficulty in hearing then, of course, you will fell barriers to communication because when someone will talk to you then you will not be able to hear Him/Her clearly.
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How to overcome barriers of communication?

  • It is to keep in mind that you should use a proper communication channel before sending idea/information.
  • One should act positively and maintain a good attitude while communicating with others.
  • Use easy to understand language and simple words try to avoid words that have more than one meaning and if you are using them, then you should explain the whole situation to avoid confusion.
  • Try to have a free flow of communication
  • Avoid premature evaluation and listen properly before giving feedback.









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