Essay On Physical Contact

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Physical Contact in the Arab World vs. the West
Bayader Al-Ghamdi
Effat University
Junior Year
GSEM 200

Introduction: Physical contact is a form of communication that requires no verbal communication or writing in order to be understood although it may differ from one country and culture to another. Body language is considered to be a silent form of communications that succeeds to deliver an idea or a message.Most of the time, hand gestures and physical contact are known to be more effective than words. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what is not said.” (Peter Durocher, 1967, p2). Such as, a wide smile on a child’s face can say more than a thousand words could ever say. Thus, there are many forms of nonverbal communications that touch the deep sense of humanity. Physical interaction is one of the most essential factors of human communication. Generally, it is considered as a strong form of communication. “The human body is the best picture of the human soul”, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Physical contact can help an individual gain another person’s trust over a short period of time. However, it is still a complex topic because it differs from one culture to another. Each culture has its own traditions and ideologies. Furthermore, in some culture, certain forms of physical contact are considered forbidden, offensive or taboo. This paper aims to answer the following questions:
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2- If there is one, how far is it?
3- How to overcome this gap or at least minimize it? The purpose of studying cultures and their differences is to guide and teach us how to successfully communicate with people from different countries and also how to learn and benefit from their cultures and ways of thinking. The publishers classified their work according to their studies, analysis, and

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