Sample Communication Paper on Surprising Aspects of Basic Communication Rights

Surprising Aspects of Basic Communication Rights

The Basic Communication Right that surprised me the most is the right to “be listened to and taken seriously” (Cahn & Ruth, 2014). This right constitutes two limbs, the first being the right to be heard. Surprisingly, in the realm of International Law, children have a right to be heard under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Authors within that space have argued that the right to be heard is vital not just for what it says but also because it acknowledges the child as a full human being with dignity and individuality and the ability to participate in society  freely (Laura, 2007). By analogy, it can be reasoned and deduced that the right to be listened to promotes their dignity and enables their participation in society, even for adults.

The second limb of the right to be listened to is the right to be taken seriously. This was the most surprising aspect for me as I had no idea I was entitled to be taken seriously as part of Basic Communication Rights. All my life, although I do take people seriously while communicating, I never viewed them as entitled to such a right. However, in light of the dignity considerations mentioned above, it only makes sense that the right to be heard necessarily entails being taken seriously in the first place.

Surprising Aspects of My Personal Scoresheet

What surprised me most about the total scores on the scoresheet is that I feel like my Basic Communication Rights are better respected by people who are not as close to me as compared to, for example, my family. This means that people I do not see as frequently and those I am less attached to respect my Basic Communication Rights better than those with a familial or stronger attachment. This is very surprising to me because it is assumed that if you spend more time with a person, you and them would have a vested interest in securing each other’s Basic Communication Rights so that relations are smooth and devoid of excessive conflict. Additionally, it would be reasonable to assume that the more time one spends with another, the more they learn about the person. Consequently, it would be easier to avoid conflict and respect their Basic Communication Rights. However, to some degree, it makes a lot of sense that I respect my former co-workers Basic Communication Rights to a greater degree than even my close friends and family because I place a lot of importance on my career and often feel like it is an aspect of my life that I cannot afford to have conflict in because there is a lot pegged this area of life.

How My Person Approach to Communication and Conflict Will Change

When dealing with the family member in question, firstly, I will remember that the family is the primary setting within which I learn about communication values (Barbato, Graham, & Perse, 2003). In addition, within the family communication climate, I learned how communication is used in interactions to help achieve personal goals (Barbato, Graham, & Perse, 2003). Therefore, communication with the family member in question will shape how I communicate with others in society. When communicating with them, I will purposefully intend to respect their Basic Communication Rights, which will constantly be at the back of my mind.

Regarding communication with the close friend, I will try and be more assertive about my boundaries and principles. I will ask them to change their behavior when I feel like it’s a violation of my Basic Communication Rights, especially since they do not take me seriously at times. Additionally, I will keep in mind that I have the right to say no to their requests without feeling guilty or being accused of being selfish.

As for the co-worker in question, I will ensure that my Basic Communication Right to expect that they will not condescendingly speak to me is respected when communicating with them. I have often felt that I have a high tolerance for any condescending speech that I encounter with the co-worker that I have mentioned, to the extent that I even do not expect that they will speak to me in a non-condescending manner.

Finally, when speaking to the person I am currently in a relationship with, I will try to keep in mind that they have the right to say no to my requests and not feel guilty or be accused of being selfish. I will also ensure that I remember that I have a right to be left alone when communicating with my significant other. This is especially the case when we have an altercation since I usually feel like my right to be left alone is not respected in such instances, which further escalates the situation.



Laura, L. (2007). ‘Voice’ Is Not Enough: Conceptualising Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. British Educational Research Journal, 33(6), 928.

Cahn, D., & Ruth, A. (2014). Managing Conflict Through Communication. New Jersey, New Jersey, United Staes: Person Education.

Barbato, C., Graham, E., & Perse, E. (2003, July). Communicating in the Family: An Examination of the Relationship of Family Communication Climate and Interpersonal Communication Motives. Journal of Family Communication, 3(3), 124.