Communication Breakdown

Drive Me Insane

A personal favourite and part of the ‘People First Wisdom’ canon.

Don’t we all recognize the boundaries Douglas refers to?


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There are similar boundary conditions in humanity.

People boundaries like color, accent, language can be obvious and cause a chasm in communication. BUT, the human equivalent of a dammed river dammed or a blocked road can be worked around, because it is clear what is going on.

The less obvious, if not invisible, boundaries are worse. To a passing observer, they might witness a highly animated conversation and assume all is well. Only the participants can see the boundary they won't or maybe can't cross. Those invisible boundaries are problems.


“What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach.”
The Captain, Cool Hand Luke, channeling Donn Pearce, 1965

How do we solve this?

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