Even though each culture is distinct and complex in its own way, and communication styles are further differentiated by factors such as language, tradition, and custom, a general understanding of low-context communication can be a starting point for recognizing and navigating cross-cultural differences in romantic and workplace relationships.
t is a form of linear communication, which speaks directly to rather than around the point.
Low-context communicators often begin with the main point, followed by supporting details.
Low-context communication is often verbally clear, specific, precise and complete.
Low-context communication is often sequential and geared towards compartmentalizing ideas.
Open discussions, disagreements, and even confrontations are often seen as part of the problem-solving process. They tend to feel greater permission to discuss issues directly and specifically with both peers and superiors. While the more direct approach may have advantages, it can also lead to greater conflict and tension.
in getting their efforts and accomplishments noticed. They depend primarily on themselves to gain recognition and are more likely to “sell themselves” in order to gain visibility, reputation, and promotion.
Silence is often seen as a weakness. Silent people are often perceived as having nothing to say and lacking strength or confidence. In a low-context culture, people who do not speak up tend to be ignored, invisible, and taken advantage of.
as the low-context communicator typically dislikes ambiguity and finds the lack of precise information from the high-context communicator frustrating.