Fri. Oct 23rd, 2020

Utah Valley University, COMM-2110

Introduction

I found this subject to be the most interesting because I realize how much nonverbal communication has played a major role in my life. I have been in a lot of different situations in life where nonverbal communication played a major role.

When I was in the Marine Corps I never was able to communicate with my wife face to face, everything was through phone calls or email messages. I can now see what I did wrong, I am going on divorce number three. Also with my kids facial expressions and tone of voice are important to be aware of while talking with them.

Function of Nonverbal Communication

“Inviting Conversations: personal space, physical appearance and eye contact.” (Floyd, 2017)

“Maintaining Conversations: using gestures, eye contact, and tone of voice as turn-taking signals” (Floyd, 2017)

“Ending Conversations: Changes in eye behavior and posture are particularly common strategies for ending a conversation.” (Floyd, 2017)

“Non-verbal communication can be best defined as a silent form of communicating with a person or party without using any form of speech to grab the attention of audience or to exploit a message.” (Phutela, 2015)

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The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

Eye Behaviors – is important to pay attention to, especially amongst younger children. Or for my job, which is door to door sales. If you do not make eye contact you will appear shady.

“Researchers find interesting, however, is that your pupils also dilate when you look at someone you find physically attractive and when you feel any kind of arousal” (Floyd, 2017)

Facial Displays – Identity, emotion and attractiveness are important factors to communication.

Touch Behaviors – Touch is our first sense to develop and it plays a role in communication. Things like haptics, have “five major areas in which touch plays a critical role in conveying meaning: affection, caregiving, power and control, aggression, and ritual.” (Floyd, 2017)

Communication also influences others. I am a door to door salesman and I found this very important to my job. People communicate with people they like and we have to be creditable.

Conclusion

In conclusion nonverbal communication plays an important role in our everyday lives and we need to be mindful of how we are using nonverbal communication in the way we interact and communicate with people.

References

1. Floyd, K. (2017). Interpersonal communication Chapter 6, Nonverbal Communication Pg. 176-212. McGraw Hill.

2, Phutela, D. (2015). The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication. IUP Journal of Soft Skills, 9(4), 43–49.

By Mac

I am looking to change the rhetoric and perception of the American Veteran, one person at a time. #Post8ForLife Semper Fi! 🇺🇸

2 thoughts on “The Nature of Nonverbal Communication”
  1. Jane, thank you for your reply!

    I agree with you, I am a father of an autistic child. That is why communication is so important in my opinion! So everyone can understand the message. You have any tips or advise?

    -Mac

  2. Very thoughtful insight. Thank you for sharing. This reminds me however, that there are some people who appear unable to read non-verbal communication, such as our brothers and sisters with autism.
    In this instance, go the extra mile tactfully, please.

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