Nonverbal Communication and Body Language

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Actions speak louder than words. When having a conversation with someone, your body language speaks louder than your words. Men’s brains and women’s brains work differently, which causes them to have slightly different forms of interaction. Men have different proxemics, kinesics, and paralanguage than women do. Understanding these differences allow us to communicate effectively. All individuals give and receive nonverbal cues during conversation. Most individuals, when unsure whether to consider the speaker’s verbal or nonverbal cues, will pick nonverbal cues. This is because one’s nonverbal messages are natural and unconscious. It broadcasts the talker’s true feeling and intentions and typically never fails to do so. (Segal, Smith,…show more content…
These nonverbal cues are not simple to interpret. (Segal, Smith, Boose, and Jaffe, 2013) This is for the reason that it is largely influenced by the context and surroundings and comes along with many signals such as; facial expressions, hand, eye, and body movement, posture, gestures, closeness, and tone. ( To intensify the issue, different genders have slightly different body language and many are unaware or forget which leads to misunderstanding. Linguist Deborah Tennan proposes that it is as if the two genders were raised in two diverse cultures. (Miller, 2011) A study was conducted in Brazil, Kenya and United States to prove the truth of this statement. The researchers wanted to find out if it is true that women are more accurate at reading nonverbal messages and use them more. Some scholars pointed out that this is typical of low power communicators. Investigation into the matter proved that this is often true between friends, but was not the case when women were in high power positions, such as a teacher. (Miller, 2011) All this demonstrates that nonverbal communications is a complex topic and it is necessary to learn about them. These unspoken behaviors are often subtle, but it is nevertheless, imperative to be informed about them so we can communicate successfully. Without being able to converse without speaking, much of what is really meant to be understood is lost. ( One of the three main
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