Communication is a very important tool to send and get information. But effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. And some people take this quite literally.
You may think failed communications comes down to cultural or personality differences, but it doesn’t. Family members, couples, school friends, and colleagues fail to communicate their intentions as if they met yesterday.
So when you tell your sibling it’s OK to eat half of your grapes, don’t be surprised to find their other halves chilling in the fridge. Sometimes it’s intentional and results in “malicious compliance,” other times it’s purely accidental. Either way, have fun seeing and reading some literal responses toward requests posed.
1# Coffee Shop Compliance
It’s no secret that some people communicate their thoughts and motives way better than others. But much of the miscommunication happens due to inability to express what we really want to say.
According to Psych Central, before starting a conversation, you should ask yourself what its purpose is and make it clear to yourself. Only when you know what you want to say will the other person be able to get you.
2# Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows
3# I Told My Students To “Include The Word Count In Your Essays”
Another practical tip is to say less and mean more. Too many phrases, descriptive words, jargon, and clichés tend to take you further away from the point you’re communicating. Psych Central suggests that you “use active verbs and keep sentences short” to get “others to listen to you and actually absorb what you’re saying.”
4# Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men’s Change Room. Problem Solved
5# And You Even Can’t Be Mad At Him
6# My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit
7# I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me
8# These Guys Always Have The Best Signs
9# I’m Done
10# Just The Logo
11# Picture On The Credit Card
12# Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: “As Much As You’re Allowed To Give Me”. I May Have Made A Mistake
13# My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth
15# Not What I Meant, But Ok
16# Don’t Hesitate When Telling David Your Name
17# My Wife’s Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With
18# Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth
19# I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store
20# This Girl Waiting Here
21# Asked For “Nothing” As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece
22# After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me
23# My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As “Realistic As Possible”
24# Oh Susan
25# Name This Plant
26# A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To “Cover Up” While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did
Credits: Carol Lockwood
27# I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return
28# Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture
29# Best One Today
30# This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places