Literal vs. Inferential Communication

When it comes to listening, most times we will hear in one of two ways when some one talks to us. Someone might say “I’m thirsty”. Would you find that interesting or feel compelled to offer them some water?
If you hear literally you would say something like “that’s nice”, or even say nothing at all.
If you hear inferentially you would say something like “would you like some water”, or “can I get you something”.
The same goes with how you communicate your point, you will lean towards a literal or inferential way of getting your point across. Some people will be completely direct and others will simply imply or suggest so the listener can draw their own conclusions.
If you want to give some one feedback do you:
a. Tell the person exactly what you think; or
b. Infer that there might be a problem that people should consider fixing.
What I really want from you now are your experiences of literal in inferential communication, make a comment below about a time you have experienced this going wrong?
Rock and Roll
PS. What’s the one thing you don’t do, that would cause the most positive change in your life?

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