What Is Conversology?
By Dr Charles Margerison
"Conversology" - the study of the ways people discuss issues when exchanging information, and influencing others.
A word that ends with the term ‘ology’ refers to an area of study. The study of psychology, biology, anthropology and other major areas have led to vital advances in knowledge and quality of life. The study of immunology has helped save millions of lives. The study of geology has led to the discovery of valuable materials. The study of sociology helps us to understand the structure of different societies and the implications for interaction and development.
To communicate in these areas, we develop specific words and meanings. Conferences are held where people, who devote their career to the subjects, meet and share advances in knowledge. Many of these professional areas ending with the suffix of ‘ology’, are taught in schools, colleges and universities. They all involve hours and hours of conversation. However, the art and science of conversation has not been formally defined as an ology. Therefore, this article outlines the case for Conversology as a fundamental area for study and tuition.
Why We Need Conversology
There are many elements in any conversation and the issues can be studied by other disciplines. A key area of Psychology is the study of how we learn. Philology is the historical study of both oral and written communication. Anthropology covers the study of people in different communities, inclusive of their language. However, the art and science of conversation in social, professional and business settings is an area of study that has not received the same attention, although it is fundamental to all of our lives.
After every meeting or discussion, we walk away with either more or less confidence. Each conversation either raises or lowers our spirits. Every conversation has an impact on our life, as we are using valuable time. The extent to which we succeed in life within our work, our relationships and our wellbeing, depends on the extent to which we are effective in conversation. However, Conversology is not a subject that is found on the school curriculum. Nor, is Conversology a subject taught at University.
Nonetheless, it is a subject that is referred to with feeling each day. For example, you have heard people say, - ‘That meeting was a waste of time.’, or ‘I was upset by the way he spoke to me’, or ‘There was more left unsaid than said and I don’t trust them.’
The Art and Science of Conversology
The Need for Conversology
'If Only I Had Said' -C J Margerison - Mercury Publications.
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