Nonverbal Communication By Sean Ho (Functions of Nonverbal Communication…
Nonverbal Communication By Sean Ho
Characteristics of Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Behavior Has Communication Value
You and everyone around you are constantly sending nonverbal clues is important because it means that you have a constant source of information available about yourself and others.
Nonverbal Communication is Primarily Relational
Nonverbal communication serves a far more common series of social functions.
Nonverbal Communication is Ambiguous
The important idea is that when you become aware of nonverbal messages, you should think of them not as facts but rather as clues that need to be checked out.
Nonverbal Communication is Different from Verbal Communication
Verbal messages are almost always intentional, nonverbal cues are often unintended, sometimes unconscious.
Nonverbal Skills are Important
Nonverbal encoding and decoding skills are strong predictors of popularity, attractiveness, and socio-emotional well-being.
Influences on Nonverbal Communication
The meaning of some gestures varies from one culture to another.
Nonverbal convergence (Black and white women) shows that skilled communicators can adapt their behavior when interacting with members of other cultures or co-cultures in order to make the exchange smoother and more effective.
Men's and women's nonverbal communication patterns have a good deal in common.
Functions of Nonverbal Communication
Types of Nonverbal Communication
Posture and Gesture
Face and Eyes
Intimate Distance: Skin contact and ranges from about 18 inches.
Personal Distance: Ranging from 18 inches at its closest point to 4 feet at its farthest.
Social Distance: Ranging from 4 to about 12 feet.
Public Distance: The farthest zone, running outward from 12 feet.
Whereas personal space is the invisible bubble we carry around as an extension of our physical being, territory is fixed space.
Building Competence in Nonverbal Communication
Tune Out Words
You can develop skill in recognizing nonverbal cues by tuning out the content of a speaker's language.
Use Perception Checking
Because nonverbal behaviors are ambiguous, it's important to consider you interpretations as educated guesses, not absolute translations.
Pay Attention to Your Own Nonverbal Behavior
"Asking someone to record a video of you in unguarded moments."
I was surprised of how many nonverbal ways of communication there are.
I would like to learn more about the influences of nonverbal communication on culture.