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Barriers to Communication

Communication is effective if it flows freely in a communication loop between the sender(s) and receiver(s). Free flow means uninterrupted transmission of the information / the message through an appropriate medium, correct comprehension of the message by the receiver and a relevant and appropriate feedback from him. Misunderstanding, Irrelevant response and undesirable reactions are the consequences of a failed communication exercise. Failure of effective communication results in loss of valuable time, resource, material and even life. You know that in an authoritarian set up, be it a state or a business or even a family, communication is unidirectional and is so fragile that it would snap anytime leading to irreparable damage. Though these may be indirect results of communication failure, an effective channel of communication could have reduced the damage. When we say that some one has an open mind, we mean that he is transparent and receptive which in turn means that he is flexible and not rigid. All these characteristics are related to the mental make-up and communication style of the individual. Barriers to communications range from the simple distracting noises to the most complex psychological factors. These barriers may cause a simple communication gap or a total failure of communication. A communication gap can be bridged but retrieval of a situation, damaged by miscommunication would be rather difficult.

picture of the barriers to communication

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  • Roy M. Kilembe August 9, 2011, 3:25 pm

    The barriers to communication that you have identified are much more elaborated compared to the ones I came across in another source. Please delay not to post more information on the Physical/ Enviromental Barriers. Keep it up.

  • inzemam December 21, 2011, 6:03 pm

    your picture of barriers is communication is very nice and easy to understand if you have some another of help of which i understand communication then please sen it on my e_mail address

  • Roja November 20, 2012, 10:13 pm

    communication is very simple of thorey , diagram easy learning

  • janet November 26, 2012, 1:32 pm

    well i love the way you said bout the barriers of communication but can you pliz xplain bout the barriers of communication in the family….i really meed it.

  • sarafa suluka June 18, 2013, 5:40 pm

    the barriers to communication diagram u uploaded is self explanatary and very simple to understand, good work from u……

  • sarafa suluka June 18, 2013, 5:47 pm

    can you please explain the following teams under barriers of communication, selective attention, selective perception and selective appeal

  • Motlatsi Mpeta November 14, 2013, 10:55 am

    i study dis course it really gives me future hope,barriers have dis and advantages;what r they?

  • Muhammad Faiz November 28, 2013, 1:10 pm

    its realy goooooooooooooooooooood

  • mayuri sabale December 10, 2013, 12:13 pm


  • talent March 14, 2014, 12:53 pm

    easly understood good work guys keep the work going you make our learning intresting

  • GODIKE SHEKHAR May 29, 2014, 4:55 pm


  • aanchal June 16, 2014, 11:18 am

    very gooood.it is vry helpful….

  • aanchal kharkwal June 16, 2014, 11:20 am

    it is toooooo goood.thanks….

  • Anupam Mukherjee July 24, 2014, 8:17 am

    Thanks a lot.Simple and easy.

  • romano wamalwa February 23, 2015, 10:37 pm

    good peace of work. thanks

  • Kristy B March 16, 2015, 11:39 pm

    I would like to adapt this for a chapter on communication (as part of handbook for pharmacists). How can I contact you to get permission?

  • Kathy Cortes February 18, 2016, 7:54 pm

    Who is the proponent for this theory again? I forgot. Please help me, Thank you.

  • peter September 21, 2016, 6:22 pm

    how can we overcome these types of communication barries.

  • hannatu March 3, 2017, 3:18 am

    nice work

  • King May 11, 2017, 10:33 am

    please any one tell me how to use barriers to communication as moderator or mediator variable in attitude towards any thing.

  • vikash singh September 24, 2017, 11:08 am

    Thank you

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  • Frackson Nyirenda February 21, 2021, 1:46 am

    Thank you very much for your help on understanding the barriers in communication.

  • Pooja February 27, 2021, 8:03 pm

    Thank you

  • Muhammad sani bello March 22, 2021, 9:43 pm

    nice work

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