Differing Communication Styles
There’s value in asserting our needs both directly and sensitively.
Misunderstandings and hurt feelings happen more easily when someone else is operating from a different way of making requests.
Knowing the differences of “Ask Culture” versus “Guess Culture” can clear up the confusion.
There's not one right way to be in the world.
Context maters, including what kind of relationship you have with the other person.
We're more likely to be direct with close friends or strangers than with dates, bosses or acquaintances.
Knowing if someone is being an asker or a guesser can clear up many misunderstandings.
Learning to speak in both ways, depending on the context, gives us more ways to navigate relationships.