EduLinks – Communication Special


ribbon & hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  Today, six links that all deal in one way or another with communication (starting with flirting).  I’ve found out some interesting info through these articles and I hope they’re just as useful for you.

1.Time – Why We Flirt

[We do it even when we don’t want to.  A lot of it goes on in universities.  Some of us use flirting as a primary communication tool.  Some of us only use it when we’re uncertain.  Time Magazine explains all the whys for us on this special day.]

2. Times Higher Education – The art of asking

[Universities in the UK have generally found it difficult or embarrassing to ask Alumni for donations toward the institution they used to study at.  But as each year passes, the liklihood of being asked is increasing.  In a few years time, you may get used to being asked what you can do for your former place of study.  If you had the money to spare, would you choose to give back to your university?]

3. International Herald Tribune – To influence strangers, try a subtle form of mimicry

[There have always been a minority out there who are masters of influencing others.  Their clever copying tactics can win over all sorts of people, without those people even knowing about it.  If you’re not part of that minority, this piece in the IHT should give you some clues on how to join the club of the persuaders.]

4. Dumb Little Man – Stop Talking and Start Communicating

[Combine mimicry with true listening and understanding and you may think you’ve become a different person.  The brilliant thing is that all these techniques are free and pretty easy to build into your everyday actions.  And in caring about others, you’ll do better caring for yourself too.]

5. Communication Reports – How High Self-Monitors View Their Romantic Relationships

[Undergrads and their romantic relationships, huh?  A socially skilled high self-monitor is someone who is “particularly sensitive to the situational appropriateness of his or her social behavior and who uses these cues as guidelines for [regulating and controlling] his or her expressive behavior and self-presentations”.  Yet it sounds like high self-monitors find it more difficult to keep long-lasting relationships going.]

6. New York Magazine – Learning to Lie

[Fantastic: “The music had sounded like a ball.  The ball sounded black and white.”

Looks like clever kids lie the most.  And they get it from their parents.  How much do you knowingly lie?]