Principles of Nonverbal Communication (Help Manage Impressions (Nonverbal…
Principles of Nonverbal Communication
Interact with Verbal Messages
They accent, complement, and contradict verbal messages.
Control, repeat, and substitute are the three other things that nonverbal communication does with verbal messages.
Substituting is when you use a nonverbal message to signify a verbal message, such as a thumbs up.
Nonverbal messages can be used to put emphasis on a verbal message being used.
I would be repeating my verbal message if I followed the question to my patient with a raise of the eyebrows.
Help Manage Impressions
Nonverbal messages can often leave impressions on what you think of the person.
Some strategies that involve nonverbal messages would be to be believed, to excuse failure, to be followed, and to confirm self-image and to communicate it to others.
To hide faults, to secure help, and to be liked are three other ways that nonverbal communication is used to help with impressions.
To be believed would be maintaining eye contact, or even open gestures.
To secure help would be seen if someone had a puzzled look, inept movements, or even using open gestures.
If I was smiling at my patient, they might make the impression that I am trying to be liked.
Help Form Relationships
Nonverbal communication can be seen through relationships such as affection, support, anger, or even displeasure.
Tie signals are signals in which communicate your relationship status.
Tie signals can vary within intimacy and may extend all the way to an informal handshake or kissing.
A large part of your relationship life, through its development, maintenance, and even deterioration is experienced nonverbally.
I would be showing my tie signals by kissing my girlfriend.
Turn-Taking cues can be verbal, but are mostly found nonverbally such as a nod of the head in a certain direction.
Nonverbal cues can help show when it is your turn to listen, speak, or even comment in the conversation.
They can be used to show if you want the conversation to continue or if it should be ending soon.
If I slowly distanced myself from the patient, it could be seen as a nonverbal message of my trying to end the conversation.
Influence and Deceive
Influence is possible through nonverbal communication such as a focused glance or even gestures that may further explain what is being said.
Nonverbal communication can deceive someone such as using your eyes to show you like someone when you really don't.
I could be seen influencing the patient by smiling the entire time I am describing the procedure to them.
Deceiving would be misleading another person into thinking something is true when it actually is not true or vice versa.
Crucial for Expressing Emotions
Nonverbal messages can show what emotions you are currently feelings through facial expressions.
If you do not want to interact with someone, you might break eye contact and keep your distance from that person.
I would be able to determine if the patient is happy just by looking for a nonverbal smile.
It can be hard since some people can fake smiles even though they feel sad.