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Communication's "Platinum Rule"

In your reading from Interpersonal Communication, you learned how people can improve intercultural communication competence by developing knowledge, motivation, and skills, including being mindful and "other-oriented," in order to take into account others’ thoughts, perspectives, and emotions, and then adapting accordingly. Learning these skills takes time and effort with the goal of forging new ways of communicating and interacting.

In order to be truly "other-oriented," it has been suggested that people follow what Milton Bennett called the "Platinum Rule":

"Do to others as they themselves would like to be treated."

This is a revision of what Westerners refer to as the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Or, as Buddha stated, "Consider others as yourself."

The goal, according to Bennett, is to try to think and feel what the other person thinks or feels, and then go beyond that by taking positive action in response to your empathetic feelings.

With these thoughts in mind:

  • Based on what you have been learning, what is the relationship between the Platinum Rule and effective communication?
  • As you think about communication, in what situations might this rule be appropriate?
  • What are some obstacles/challenges to applying the Platinum Rule?
  • How can the Platinum Rule be helpful if you are having a disagreement with someone? Explain.
  • How might the Platinum Rule be useful in communicating with others, such as families and colleagues, in your work as an early childhood professional?

(Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, 2011, p. 114)

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Platinum Rule
The Platinum Rule is stated by Dr. Bennet as “Do unto others as you would have
others do unto you”. He states that to truly understand and connect with people, one need to
know, understand be patient, take time be supportive and listen to others (Bennet, 2013).
The relationship between the platinum rule and the effective communication is that,
the platinum rule is based on communication, it is through taking yourself out of the picture
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