Personal Theory of Driving


Okay, let’s start with the basic premise that we all have theories on life — please don’t get caught up in trying to make it all sophisticated and higher education sounding, instead just explain how you see things. Understand that first and foremost, we (humans) are smart and we try to understand everything going on around us and thus, we create theories to explain what we are seeing and experiencing.

Here are two theories to give you examples:

Theory 1: One of my former colleagues, Dr. David Cornelius, said his own personal communication theory was that everyone has something they don’t know that everyone else knows. This happens because everyone just finished talking about it when you entered the room or everyone thinks you already know about it so they don’t tell you. This theory is how he explains why it is that sometimes people don’t know obvious things.

Theory 2: One of my former students, Dee, used to say that she had a neon sign on her forehead that only nerds and other deviant men could see and it read, “Come date me!”. This is how she explained all the men she had dated that she wished she hadn’t. (BTW, Dee is happily married now with 4 kids!)


Now it’s your turn:

Submit a theory to me and detail what it explains. If you happen to have two theories and one is on communication, please submit the communication theory. After you write out the theory, show how your theory addresses one of the following comments from this week’s readings: prediction/control, description, or reform. Also, keep it G-rated!


I have been driving for the last ten years, and I have covered thousands of kilometers on the state highways and in neighborhoods.   During this period, there are many observations I have made, which have shape my life theory of driving. All drivers have an urge to be in front of the driver ahead because they want to be first.  This is the reason why drivers will try to overtake other vehicles even if it results in their diverting from the lane in the next half a mile. Whether driving on the highway or in the neighborhood area, people always have the urge to drive fast even if they are not late for any appointment (McNally and Bradley 80). This urge may be unexplainable, but it stems from the fact that everyone wants to be in front of the queue, and as for drivers, they want to see the stretch of the road ahead of them.