Nonverbal Communication And Human Communication

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Nonverbal communication is communication through sending and receiving wordless cues such as body language between two people. Communication can be through gestures and touch, body language, posture, facial expression, or eye contact. Face to face interactions of nonverbal communication can be classified into three areas: environmental conditions, physical characteristics of the communicators, and behaviors of communicators during the interaction. Approximately two thirds of all communication is made up of nonverbal communication. “Scientific research of nonverbal communication and behavior began with the 1872 publication of Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Since that time, there has been an abundance of research on the effects and expressions of unspoken communication and behavior.” (Cherry) Nonverbal communication is made up of several components. Facial expression is one such component, and is responsible for a huge proportion of nonverbal communication. Facial expression can be a smile or a frown. It can convey happiness, sadness, anger, or fear. Another component of nonverbal communication is gestures, deliberate movements and signals used to communicate meaning without words. These can include waving, pointing, or using fingers to indicate numeric amounts. Paralinguistics is vocal communication separate from actual language which can include voice tone, loudness, inflection and pitch. Body language and posture can include
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