6.2-The Channels of Nonverbal Messages (Body Gestures (The way we move our…
6.2-The Channels of Nonverbal Messages
The way we move our body, things like our face and hand movement, can convey a lot of meaning in a message. You might smile or give a thumbs up when someone does something well.
Various features that you have can make an impact in some things that you will try to do. For example tall people are usually more well liked in a large variety of situations, we're useful to others or something. Other features such as weight or skin color can also impact things.
A very large amount of our nonverbal communication is done through our facial expressions, they convey a lot more information than many people would think. They can show your current emotional state, or they can show how you feel about various topics. Usually people will also like others that seem to smile more, and knowing this people will smile a lot more than they usually would to appear more attractive to those around them.
A lot of people do not like making eye contact for extended periods of time, even though they would usually trust someone more if that person kept up the eye contact. A lot can be conveyed in how we look at others, and how we interpret eye messages can be different from culture to culture.
Depending on your relationship with another person you might choose to have more distance between you and them than you would with others. Couples would generally be fine with being very close to each other, while complete strangers might not like being within a few feet of each other. This can also depend on the persons culture, for someone living in japan they might see proximity and maybe even physical touching as a normal thing between friends, while a swedish person might not like seeing another person near them.
The colors and objects that you choose to keep around you can say a lot about you as a person. If you are wearing clothes that are a bit worn out some might believe that you are poor, while others might think that you must have bought those from an expensive store as they are the newest trend. much of this is based around trends and how various cultures see certain things such as color or clothing.
Touching can be fairly important for communication depending on the culture and the relationship. For example coworkers might not touch each other very often and this would be seen as a normal way to handle it, while in an intimate relationship with someone else people would expect them to be touching each other a lot, some might even say that if they are not touching each other that there must be a problem in their relationship.
How you say something can change its meaning, the more emphasis you put on certain words can change how others will interpret them. Changing the pitch or volume when you say something can make it seem more important and shift the entire message.
Sometimes people like being silent during conversations, they might just be thinking of what to say or they could just be shy/anxious about talking. They also could be planning something, or if this is a message online they might be doing something else and have not gotten back to you.
Time can play a very important role in communication, saying something at the right time can make all the difference. And the amount of time you spend with people can say a lot about your relationship with them. Couples would spend a lot more time together than random strangers.