Prosocial Communication

It is worth our time to always be on the lookout to develop some skills in relationships. Without the focus on relationships we have a tendency to avoid conflict creating a culture of silence surrounding problems. Conflict may be perceived as negative or risky and we lose the benefit of collaboration and prioritization. 

Prosocial is an adjective defined as relating to or denoting behavior which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship. It’s a term gaining ground only in the last couple of decades. Using prosocial communication requires the speaker to unconditionally address the strengths of the other. It is to look for and reinforce the positive within the context of what is being said. It takes a lot of work to speak in a prosocial manner and is very challenging when you feel that something that was said threatens your station in life. It is at this point that you must put negative judgements on hold and embrace differences as gifts. 

Lean is a system of working together better. It is based on respect for each other. I can’t think of a more basic communication adjective surrounding respect than prosocial communication.

For more information about this please see this paper and anything by Carl Roger’s Person-Centered Approach. 

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