Nonverbal Communication

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Oftentimes “language” comes to mind when thinking of communication, but one very intriguing aspect of communication is usually overlooked, Nonverbal communication (NVC). NVC can be defined as “the transfer and exchange of messages in any and all modalities that do not involve words” (Matsumoto, Frank, & Hwang, 2013, p. 4). NVC is all around us, and more often than not so subtle it is not even noticed. Studies have shown, NVC carries between 63 and 95 percent more impact than spoken words (Anonymous, 2013). It could be the wrinkle of a nose or a smirk. Learning how to interpret NVC can be an invaluable skill. Humans are programmed to communicate through voice, but knowing how to interpret NVC signals also cues one in to what is being said without words. Learning how to interpret the signals given off by others helps to understand the signals our own bodies are putting out, as much as possible of course. There are NVC signals that involuntarily, or subconsciously, are sent out. Some examples are eye movement during a face-to-face interaction, the jewelry one wears, or the natural odor one carries; all of which are considered being involuntary. NVC is not normally universal; it can vary from place to place, or culture to culture. Nonverbal communication is based on the fact that communication itself can take place without the use of words, and not only can it take place but it can also be very effective. According to Ekman & Friesen, there are six ways in which verbal and nonverbal communications are related (1969). They suggest that nonverbal communication can substitute for verbal communication as well as repeat, contradict, compliment, accent, and regulate verbal communications. Nodding one’s head up and down can substitute for the word “yes”. This is an example of a nonverbal signal replacing a spoken word. If one were to say the word “no” then…...

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