Potential Finders

ENCODING & DECODING


From yesterday, you were reminded that each person has their own context and of what that consists. When a Source selects a set of words to convey a message from within their own context, this is called encoding. Decoding is what the Receiver does with a message when they attempt to ascribe meaning to it. This will also come from within their own context.
Communication is most effective when we learn to be conscious of our own contexts and of what the other side may not be aware. Consider the following example:

Source – Ben (Age 35, husband of the Receiver, had a great day at work): “I can’t wait for dinner!” (Encoded with the intent to show excitement because he enjoys the time with his family)

Receiver – Ann (Age 33, wife of the Source, mother of their 3 small children, one of whom has the flu): “Wow! I’m working on it! Can’t you even give me a hello when you get in the door?” (Source’s message was decoded as an insult)

Mastery Practice:

Write about what went wrong in the example from today. What do you think would help?