Every day, we each strike a personal balance between what we put out into the world and what we take in. We improve that balance by eating better, sleeping more, exercising…all types of health-focused choices. But did you also know that how you communicate affects your health?
Unfortunately, as we go about our daily lives, we exhaust the reservoir of energy we have to perceive, to understand, and to interact with the world around us. As we get tired, those abilities become more difficult.
But imagine if we could improve our quality of living simply by changing the way we communicate.
Imagine learning to effectively communicate so that your energy reserves don’t deplete while interacting with people throughout your day.
Think of all that you could accomplish and achieve with that extra boost of energy every single day!
What Impacts Your Health Every Day?
Every single day, we make an effort to increase our energy levels. In eating, sleeping, exercising, and other healthy habits, we increase our abilities to function.
We all know that what we put into our bodies affects us. Your personal eating habits will affect the way you look, the way you feel, and ultimately, they will control how you interact with the world around you.
Let’s just look at what happens inside your body when you drink a can of Coke:
Now, look, we all know that drinking Coke is bad for us, but it’s still a choice many of us make. We make these choices about our lives every day.
Food is an energy source, so its quality will predict its performance – thus, the Coke problem.
Input will always correlate with output, meaning that if you consume too many calories, your body will store the excess as fat; if you consume too few calories, your body will become catabolic and consume the nutrients from your muscles.
It’s all about balance. Strike a healthy balance with your food intake and you’ll feel a better balance in your daily ability to perform and function.
We know this to be true with regards to food – it’s taught to us as children and it’s marketed to the world and reiterated day after day. Food impacts health.
We all know that getting enough sleep is important for our health. We know that exercising is important for our health.
But it’s not just the physical things that affect our health, and that’s becoming more of a prominent conversation these days.
It is absolutely true that how we communicate affects our health.
What Happens in Your Brain While Communicating
Neurologist Dr. Uri Hasson presented a brilliant TED talk on the effects of communication on our brains.
His studies reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become “aligned” when we hear the same idea or story.
This amazing neural mechanism allows us to transmit brain patterns, sharing memories and knowledge. “We can communicate because we have a common code that presents meaning,” Hasson says.
We, humans, are wired to communicate and to interpret that communication. The words we say and the tone we use play a huge role in our interpretation of the communication.
During the talk (starting at 11:04), Dr. Hasson shares an interesting experiment his team conducted in their lab to test communication interpretation.
They told two different groups two different sentences regarding the plot of a J.D. Salinger story. The influence of that one sentence on the interpretation by each group was stark – it determined how their brains received the story and then they processed it totally differently.
The impact that communication can have on our health is enormous, but we tend not to notice it internally. We might not recognize the influence communication has on our interpretation of the world, of others, of society, of politics…the list goes on.
Learning to communicate effectively means learning to interpret and to process verbal and nonverbal cues accurately.
It means understanding the influence and impact communication has on your health and harnessing it.
Imagine what you could accomplish with that understanding!
Learning to Communicate Better with PCM
The Process Communication Model (PCM) has an understanding of Dr. Hasson’s research on communication. Dr. Taibi Kahler discovered many years ago that communication is processed in certain ways by our brains.
Dr. Kahler started observing and documenting different communication traits in the 1970s.
His findings and the resulting systematic understanding of communication has become known as the Process Communication Model, or PCM.
Just as our brains process different languages telling the same story the same way, our brains also process perceptions like that. Not only are these perceptions the way we filter and interact with the world, but we also exchange these perceptions in wavelengths to other people’s brains.
The way we choose to express ourselves uses specific areas in the brain. As we connect with others we activate the same areas in their brain, and this can create a vivid transaction of information.
Using PCM techniques allows a person to most effectively communicate with everyone on an individual basis. You can learn to communicate with people whose communication styles and preferences differ from your own, just as well as those who are very similar to you.
The Process Communication Model teaches you to quickly and accurately understand cues from another person, so you can best interpret their meaning and convey your own meaning in a way that the person can understand it.
In doing this, you improve your health.
Don’t believe us?
Think about it: How do you feel after an argument with your spouse? How about after a difficult meeting when nobody was listening and everyone just argued without reaching any productive conclusion? Or how about when your boss yells at you?
These moments of conflict are stressful. They distract us from other important things and they wear us down emotionally and physically.
How you communicate affects your health.
Learn to communicate effectively, and you’re sure to feel and see the changes in your daily interactions.
Are you looking for a way to build more effective communication with your team? Your spouse? Discover the secrets of PCM and how to apply it realistically in your own life. The skills that you learn might end up being exactly what you need to become a more effective employee, manager, and even strengthen your personal relationships.
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