Function of conversation?

Jay (@jaygran7) 10 years, 5 months ago

My question for you is: is conversation merely a tool we should utilize to exchange information as a friend of mine believes, or do you think that establishing rapport is a more important characteristic?

December 15, 2011 at 2:09 am
Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

It is neither one nor the other. Those are 2 of the vast sea of functions of conversation. Sometimes exchanging information is necessary, but I doubt that is the only thing anyone uses conversation for. Though non-verbal connections are much more rapture-inducing, words can also be a means to this feeling. The possibilities are endless.

BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Do you mean establishing a rapport?

I think that you need to get to the point where the rapport you establish with people allows you to be yourself in a way that is beneficial to both you and the people you’re with. This is so much easier said than done.

And because it’s hard to do, I think it’s more important to have the connection with people that lets you stumble a couple times before getting it right. So I think that rapport might be slightly more important.

Joseph (114) (@warriors41) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I dunno about conversation specifically, but I often like to think of language as a tool to share our dreams.


like most things, it’s not black or white.

Jay (87) (@jaygran7) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Yes I meant establishing rapport*. I typed a little bit too fast when I wrote that. I agree with you that it’s not black and white.

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