Group Communication Barriers: 4 Types of Barriers in Group or Team Communication

Group communication barriers- 4 Types of Barriers in Group or Team Communication: Ethnocentrism, Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination. 

Group Communication Barriers

What are Barriers to Group Communication?

Group communication barriers are disturbances that obstacles to interactive communication among group members. The barrier in group communication hiders to understand other members in the group or team. The four types of barriers in group communication are Ethnocentrism, Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination. 

Four Types Barriers in Group or Team Communication
  1. Ethnocentrism
  2. Stereotyping
  3. Prejudice
  4. Discrimination.
1. Ethnocentrism

Ethnocentrism is a barrier in group communication that obstacle to effective communication among the group or team members.  Actually, ethnocentrism is a mistaken belief that your culture is superior to others, with special rights and privileges that are or should be denied to others. It is not about patriotism or pride.

For example-

  • Firstly, my culture should be a role model for other cultures.
  • In addition, people would be happier if they lived like people in my culture.
  • Furthermore, most other cultures are backward when compared with my culture.
  • For example, Have you ever been insulted by someone who implies that his/her religious beliefs are “true”, whereas yours are not?
  • For instance, Have you been disrespected by someone who believes that his traditions, language, or music preferences are “better” than yours?
2. Stereotyping
3. Prejudice
  • Stereotyping ⇒ Prejudice
  • “Negative attitudes about other people that are based on faulty and inflexible stereotypes.”
  • Most prejudices are negative.
  • For example, “He cannot be brilliant if he only has a Bachelor’s degree from XX University or College. In addition, “I don’t want a person with disabilities working on our group project.”
  • Characteristics:
    • Firstly, they are rarely based on extensive direct experience and first-hand knowledge.
    • Secondly, the result is irrational feelings or dislike and even hatred for certain groups.
    • Finally, they justify a readiness to behave in negative and unjust ways toward members of the group.
4. Discrimination
  • Discrimination describes how we act-out and express prejudice
  • When we discriminate, we exclude groups of people from opportunities granted to others: employment, promotion, housing, political expression, and equal rights.
  • For example, Racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, disability, age people from different social classes and political ideologies