3 out of 4 stars
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In exploring the core concepts necessary for building healthy communication, the authors started by explaining the subjects of health (personal, societal, and relational) and communication (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and impersonal). Authenticity, empathy, and empowerment are the key concepts for healthy communication. The authors dedicated specific chapters to them and explored several subjects under each of them. Under authenticity, the authors delved into human consciousness, the ability to decipher what is real among our experiences, self-awareness, trust, etc. They also introduced skills that will accelerate one’s openness and willingness to share personal information. Under empathy, they analyzed what it entails and its abundant benefits to individuals and society at large. Under empowerment, we understand a lot, such as its meaning and its benefits in relationships. Notably, the authors introduced the reader to unhealthy relationships and their characteristics, as well as tips for maximizing healthy communication in families. Read Keys To Healthy Communication: Authenticity, Empathy, and Empowerment by Bobby R. Patton, Ph.D., Rusalyn H. Andrews, Ph.D., and Jennifer Page Daily, M.D. to find out more.
In the world today, people often say things to merely respond or argue. Often, no real thought is put into our words before we say them. To that effect, this book sets out standards and guidelines for healthy communication in any form of human relationship.
My favorite part of this book is the exploration of the concept of empathy by the authors. This is because it was easier for me to understand its intricacies. In addition, I found its importance to individuals and society eye-opening. Consequently, this has spurred me to be more intentional in expressing my empathetic side in relevant situations and to learn more about it where necessary.
I often like self-help books that sufficiently answer the “why.” Where such books don’t answer this question, I often regard them as just another self-help book. Hence, I loved that the authors answered the “why” question. Such a question here includes the reasons for adopting these healthy communication skills. Furthermore, the benefits of these skills actually transcended my expectations, or to put it in a better way, my knowledge base. This is noteworthy because I appreciate books that make me know more than I knew before I read the book.
There is a lot of information to be consumed from the book. Because of that, the book was a slow read for me.
Overall, I have no negative comments about the book. While I found enough errors to deduct a star, I could find traces of a professional editor in the book. Nonetheless, it needs another round of editing. It is on this basis that I am rating the book 3 out of 4 stars. Otherwise, it deserves a perfect rating.
I do not think those who are enthusiastic about building healthy communication skills should pass this book by. Therefore, I recommend it to them.
KEYS TO HEALTHY COMMUNICATION
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