What Are Perceptual Barriers to Effective Communication?

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Perceptual barriers of communication are internal barriers that occur within a person's mind when said individual believes, or perceives, that the person they intend to speak with won’t understand or be interested in what they have to say. In other words, perceptual barriers are mental blocks we create due to the perceptions we have of the people, situations and/or events around us.

As you can imagine, perceptual barriers often cause communication problems; often, the language employed by the person with the perceptual barrier is sarcastic, dismissive, or obtuse. As a result, the person on the receiving end isn’t going to fully understand what’s being said to them, and the communicator won’t be able to communicate anything of substance.

Effective communication means both parties are open and willing to listen to each other. Getting rid of perceptual communication barriers makes it much more likely that both sides will get their ideas across, thus improving the intrapersonal relationship.