This week, the Online Book Club will be discussing Chapter 3 of Deborah Tannen’s book, Talking from 9 to 5: “Why Don’t You Say What You Mean?”
Although previously it has been noted women tend to communicate indirectly and men communicate more directly, Tannen claims that this is not always the case. In fact, men are typically indirect when they show emotions, feelings, or anything that may cause them to appear weak. For women, this may be confusing since women generally do not find it challenging to share with friends exactly how they feel. Additionally, Tannen discusses how indirectness is not necessarily negative. Although American culture values directness, she cites how Japanese culture admires indirect signals in conversations. Tannen confirms that each style has benefits, but understanding the communication styles of others is helpful, especially in work environments.
We hope you will join in our discussion this week!