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Chapter 5. Common Communication Problems > Communication Isn't Always Valuable - Pg. 33

Common Communication Problems 10. Communication is like breathing--you do it naturally. 33 Now the moment of truth: Check your responses against our answers. What does your score reveal about your CQ (Communications Quotient)? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 . Score Yourself 8­10 correct 6­9 correct You're almost ready for tabloid TV! Not bad for a beginner! No. Spoken language is not necessarily a good thing in itself. Communication can be cruel, unethical, or misleading. Yes. See #1. No. Communication can't cure all the world's evils. Yes. Communication can help people understand each other better, but it cannot always resolve strife or bring people together. Yes. Better communication can prevent misunderstandings, which can lead to much upheaval. No. Communication is more elusive than that. At times more is better, but sometimes keeping quiet conveys the most effective message of all. Yes. See #6. Yes. Meaning comes from the emotional associations that words carry, nonverbal communica- tion, and context--not just from words. Yes. See #8. No. If only that were so! Communication is neither easy nor especially natural. As you'll soon find out, speech is not the same as communication.