Nonverbal Communication

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Communication is a common necessity among people. Communication is needed in order to interact with other people in almost everything within day to day life. Communication can be viewed in two subdivisions, verbal communication and nonverbal communication. Verbal communication is based on using words and sounds to communicate with another person. Oppositely we have nonverbal communication, which is communication through sending and receiving wordless clues. Examples of nonverbal communication can include things like gestures, facial expressions, hugging, and shaking of hands. This literature review will further examine the history of nonverbal communication, the abilities of its use, how much of communication is nonverbal, why people use…show more content…
696-697). Darwin believes our emotions are interlaced with our body and work as one to send signals to people. Nonverbal communication has the ability to reveal a person’s state of mind without them being aware or having conscious control over things such as facial expressions, eye movement, and gestures. Nonverbal communication also has the ability to alter the meaning or understanding of the verbal message for example, winking at the end of your sentence. The mid-1960's saw an outburst of research in many areas of nonverbal communication. During this period of research there was a great deal of excitement concerning the influence of nonverbal cues. Early empirical work aimed to make the argument that nonverbal behavior should not be discounted. Many studies were published exhibiting nonverbal communication affecting people's reactions. However, an important element had been left out. Theoretical models and/or integrative studies were relatively uncommon, leaving behind unanswered and seemingly unrelated information. Suddenly, an influx of scholarly volumes in psychology appeared summarizing the growing body of research. Written work was published such as Nonverbal Communication (Weitz, 1979) and other popular books including Body Language (Fast. 1970), which focused on how to use nonverbal communication to attract other people, and How to Read a Person Like a Book (Nierenberg & Calero, 1971) which examined nonverbal behavior in negotiation situations.
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