Essay on Rules of Communication

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Communication is a process of imparting or transferring thoughts from one entity to another either through language or writing or some other signs (Wrench, McCroskey & Richmond, 2008). Language and other methods of communication, which are appropriate in one semantic environment, are usually not utilized in another semantic environment. For example in playgrounds and sports, children use the expressions like “game plan” or “Captain of the ship” which cannot be used in a different semantic environment for example workplace. Thus language used in one semantic environment requires first “setting up the modes of discourse and consequently the modes of inquiry of the second” (Postman, 1984).
Nonverbal Communication
Many of the
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People usually consider themselves more impressive and authoritative if they are taller than their subjects or subordinates (Bull, 1987). Another study proved that smiling more frequently decreases the depression and stress (Freitas-Magalhães & Castro, 2009). Studies have also concluded that women are more familier with nonverbal communication (Agneta & Anthony, 2000).
Physical Space
Physical Space between the people, who are communicating, plays an important role in nonverbal communication; however, different cultures perceive and use space in different manners (Segerstrale & Molnar, 1997). While defining the behavior of people regarding personal space in nonverbal communication, the term territory is widely used. According to researchers there are four types of territories:
• Primary Territory: it is the space which is very personal to someone like his home
• Secondary territory: Although it is not very exclusive and personal, though people feel some attachment to it like a specific bench in the park etc.
• Public territory: it is not at all exclusive and only allotted for a limited time, for example a parking space
• Interaction territory: it is also a temporary territory created by people when they are communicating. For example when players of a team are talking while walking down the road, people do not disturb them (Hargie & Dickson, 2004).
Time in Communication
The timing, rhythm
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