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a saying often in metaphoric form that embodies a common observation


forceful or intended to dominate; hostile, injurious, or destructive, especially when referring to a behavior caused by frustration


capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways; unclear


to fill with life; to give spirit and support to expressions


an offensive touching or use of force on a person without his or her consent


marked by sarcasm


means of communication or expression; courses or directions of thought

Comfort zone

a place in the mind where an individual feels safe and confident


being in agreement, harmony, or correspondence; conforming to the circumstances or requirements of a situation


converts, as in a message, into intelligible form; recognizes and interprets

Defense mechanisms

psychological methods of dealing with stressful situations that are encountered in day-to-day living


convers from one system of communication to another; convers a message into code


actions that advance beyond the usual or proper limits


to utter articulate sounds; the act of being very distinct in speech

External noise

sounds or factors outside the brain that interfere with the communication process


the attribution of an event or occurrence to causes outside the self


the transmission of evaluative or corrective information to the original or controlling source about an action, event, or process


reaction to an unfortunate outcome; a deep distress caused by bereavement, a loss or a perceived loss

Internal noise

factor inside the brain that interfere with communication process

Language barrier

any type of interference that inhibits the communication process and is related to languages spoken by the people attempting to communicate


prone to engage in lawsuits


speaking evil or the calling of a curs


a term applied to agencies of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, and telecommunications


to express an idea in different wording in an effort to enhance communication and clarify meaning


capacity for comprehension; an awareness of the element of the environment

Physiologic noise

physiologic interferences with the communication process


highness or lowness of a sound; the relative level, intensity, or extent of some quality or state


the study of the nature, degree, and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain


a sharp and often satirical response or ironic utterance designed to cut or inflict pain


something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; a standardized mental picture that is held in common by many and represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude or uncritical judgment


stimuli that cause stress


difficult to understand or perceive; having or marked by keen insight and ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly


the study of the phenomena of death and of psychological methods of coping with death


in a manner marked by forceful energy; intensely, emotionally


easily aroused; tending to erupt in violence

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