The Character of Communication
By Barbara Janelle M.A.
Published in Species Link, Iaauw 66, April-June 2007
The aspects of trying too hard and then not trusting what comes, are primary issues in communication. In my experience, information usually comes quickly and often involves humor or something unexpected. It seldom comes in the fashion that I expect it to, and the topic is frequently different than the one I have posed. Just like a politician, an animal does not feel compelled to answer the question that is asked!
Asking generic questions is very useful because they reduce your assumptions and expectations. So seeing the beauty in the animal as the opening handshake, and then asking, “Would you tell (show) me something that you would like me to know?” often leads to profound communication.