The Use Of Politeness Theory In Daily Life

Are you a polite person? A communication theory called politeness theory is used to communicate between humans. This theory is all about maintaining both the listener and speaker’s faces using specific techniques. The theory will be explained in detail. These examples will demonstrate how to sustain effective communication as well as interpersonal relationships. A polite behavior is one that shows respect and consideration for others.

Politeness theory has two faces: a positive and a negative one. The eastern culture defines “face” as the person’s public self-image. This theory helps to reduce face threatening. Positive face means that a person is willing to share their hopes and desires for society’s appreciation. Providers might need to be respected by the recipients. This could help maintain an unchanging and positive self-image. One example: A boy purchased new clothes and took them to school. His friend was to be impressed by the new clothes. The positive outlook of the boy can be considered positive. You can reduce the negative impact on the receiver’s face by using positive politeness strategies. To fulfill the boy’s wish, you can say, “Bro, your shirt looks cool!” to be a friend. This is called positive politeness. This example shows how to agree with your friend’s interests and identify as a common ingroup model. He should smile, keep it friendly, and have a friend nod his head. You should not say that the boy’s clothes are unattractive or not respond to your questions. This is a sign you don’t care how they feel. This is a threatening and positive act that could damage the friendship. If you use the politeness principle, you can have a stronger friendship because you respect your friend and share the same thought. This will ensure that they don’t feel embarrassed, embarrassed or insulted.

Positive politeness theory can be used to reduce discrimination. Human respect for others can lower the barriers between age, skin colour, and sex. It’s a way to keep communication open and avoid unreasonable disrespect. It may be a way to build a stronger relationship with your friends. A second important aspect of the politeness theory is to have effective communication between friends. It’s about their independence and not being controlled by others. Providers may allow receivers choices in order to let them take control and feel respected. You might ask your colleague to lend you his pen. I was wondering if your pen would be okay to lend me.”

The first sentence used negative politeness strategies, such as apologetic and indirect words, to show respect for the listener. The listener has the option to reject your request at his or her own discretion. The listener will not have to reject the speaker’s request. Listeners and speakers can have more meaningful communication if they respect each other and are more willing to help one another. They will be more likely to become friends because they will respect each other. An order, which are negative acts that threaten the face of the listener, was used in the second sentence. This does not allow the listener any choice. They may not be respected, which could impact the listener’s relationship.

A person should not make jokes when they are in a formal meeting. Jokes should be avoided in formal meetings, as everyone is serious about the topic. They will be treated disrespectfully and face-threatening. Politeness theory could be an effective way to foster interpersonal communication and good relationships.

Communication is vital in society because humans are social animals. Politeness theory can be used to save the face of others, and allow for effective communication that integrates both speaker/listener.



Jacob Cunningham is a 26-year-old education blogger and teacher who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Jacob's teaching and writing focus on the use of technology in the classroom, and he is a frequent presenter at education conferences around the country. Jacob's work has been featured on sites such as The Huffington Post, Edutopia, and TechCrunch.