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How to Become an Effective Communicator -Practice Makes Perfect - Part 7

Interpersonal communications can fail if the message that the speaker communicates does not come across as they planned or anticipated or the listener is unable to receive the message in exactly the way the speaker intended the communication to be perceived.
Distorted communication works for no one. Healthy communication involves overcoming barriers and conveying a clear and concise message.
So what are the plausible barriers that may interrupt the communication flow you are trying to establish?

Psychological Bias
The psychological state of those communicating will influence how their message is sent, received, and perceived. If someone is not in a good mood and preoccupied with their own thoughts; they may not be quite so receptive to a message that requires them to process tone, body language, and what was said. Anger is another good example of a psychological barrier to communication. 
Generally speaking, individuals with low self-esteem often withhold from saying how they're really feeling or read more negative connotations of what was communicated.

Physical Issues
Physical disabilities, illnesses, and debility could be another reason for distortions in communication. For example if you have bodily pain or impairment in speech, hearing, or any such infirmity; the process of listening and speaking may be disturbed.

Attitude is a perception or behavior that may prevent individuals from communicating well. Attitudinal barriers to communication often result from personality conflicts, resistance to change, or a lack of motivation. In order to really understand other people well, it's essential that we overcome our own attitudinal barriers to facilitate
effective communication.

Language and linguistic ability
This can be a huge barrier to effective communication. However, even when communicating in the same language, the terminology
used in a message can act as a barrier if it's not fully understood by the listener. If the communicator is of the same first language as you, Regional Expressions and colloquialisms can easily be misinterpreted or even considered offensive. Cultural aspects of phrases and words must also be considered while speaking.