In the nature versus nurture debate, there are various silos that require unpacking. As much as folks tend to argue for one or another, most of us would agree that it's a mix of both. We might have differing opinions as to the percentages, but rationality tells us it's a Venn diagram. Learning to communicate is an exception.
We all have personalities that feel inherent, but communication is something that is modeled, practiced, and experienced after birth: nurture.
We have taken queues from our family and friends. We have replicated and deviated from communication patterns that serve and don't serve us.
One thing is for sure, communication requires intentionality.
If we want to be fair and compassionate communicators, what might we do differently?