An argument is a reason or sets of reasons aimed to persuade other parties that an idea or action is right or wrong (In Brzozowska & In Chłopicki, 2015). Arguments are meant to change the stand of the second party in regards to an idea or an issue. My communication style is assertive communication, as I state my feelings and opinion and advocate or push towards its recognition and addressing without stepping on other people’s toes. I feel that time is of the essence and therefore it effectively take my time in developing my argument and therefore coming out clearly. I value other people opinion and therefore during a discussion I allow people to raise their opinion, and if the opinion does not truly concur with what I feel I disagree politely and if the opinion is in line with my argument I compliment the person. I also like clarifying on points that are not clear in conversations and discussions and therefore leaving every question settled.

I have learned that an academic argument is an evidence based defence of a nonverbal position of a certain issue. A research paper must have evidence extracted from quotations or statistics from peer reviewed article journals and the four basic elements of an argument are claims, evidence, counterargument, and rebuttal (De Vries, 2015). A claim is a way of starting a conversation e.g. “Professor, I would like to have a session with you after class.” Evidence, on the other hand, is giving a reason e.g. in the case of the professor would ask why and the then you would give a reason. The counterargument is the discussion that occurs between two parties as that try to convince one another of an issue. In the case of the student would converse with the professor and justify the need for the session. In the conversation, the student gives the reason to justify their conversation which is meant to convince the professor. E.g. the student can say that they have not understood a concept taught in class.  

A recent argument that I experienced was with my employer seeking permission to represent my mother in a legal proceeding. I had to fully convince the employer that my presence in the preceding was critical. The reason I gave were convincing enough, and the counterargument drove the claim.

After reading the course materials, I have questions about how to harmonize or link the different styles of communicating that is passive communication, aggressive communication, passive-aggressive communication and assertive communication as this is a challenge in group discussions and other class conversations. Most of the time people raise their voices, and the discussion goes out of control in class discussions therefore causing conflict due to minor misunderstandings.


De Vries, R. E. (2015). Communication Styles. The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication, 1-5. doi:10.1002/9781118540190.wbeic033

In Brzozowski, D., & In Chłopicki, W. (2015). Cultural diversification issues: Communication styles.


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