Bridges Not Wall Review

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Bridges Not Walls Practical Book Review Liberty University Overview Bridges not walls is a collection of writings edited and many coauthored by John Stewart. This text describes the natural and explicit communication and interpersonal communication between family, coworkers, friends, and even acquaintances. According to Stewart, interpersonal communication, which is the main topic of this text, is defined as the “Type or kind of communication that happens when the people involved talk and listen in ways that maximize the presence of the personal.” (2012). Stewart breaks the text into four different parts including the foundations of interpersonal communication and building identities, meanings, relationships, and coping with communication differences. Communication can be both verbal and nonverbal and contains six different features including meaning, choice, culture, identities, conversation, and lastly and considered most important by Stewart is described as nexting (2012). According to these features, communication collaboratively contains meaning in the lives of humans allowing each to control their own outcome. Choices are made when each individual decides what to share and consider within the conversation. Cultural and identity affects the meaning and response within communication including different beliefs and actions and the action act of conversation between individuals. Stewart defines nexting as the most important form of communication. Nexting looks at the next step in the individual communication that involves responding to what has just happened, taking the next step to promote the communication (2012). Nexting is both verbal and nonverbal, as people use body language to promote or even close communication as well as also verbalizing expressions that can build communication. Inhaling and exhaling is used as a form of perception

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