The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

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Emotions are a vital aspect of human life. Various emotions are innate and others are socially developed. The innate emotions that humans possess are typically emotions related to survival skills. Emotions such as fear, the urge to engage in sexual relations, disgust, and affection are all innate and all serve a crucial role in basic survival. Many researchers believe that these emotions are innate because infants are able to display these emotions from birth; however, “social emotions” such as shame, guilt, embarrassment, and pride do not develop until the child has a sense of self-recognition and higher levels of cognitive functioning. In addition to aiding in survival of humans, emotions are also used to communicate with others. Nonverbal communication can be more powerful and descriptive than specific stating how a person feels. The expression of emotion also aids in general cognition. In a study by Demasio, he “observed patients with damage to the frontal lobe region and noted that they shared a syndrome called the Phineas Gage matrix. This syndrome consists of cognitive dysfunction such as poor planning, inadequate decision making, inability to take another’s perspective, and problems in sustaining employment” (1994). Since emotions are quite prevalent, the act of emotion regulation becomes a critical skill to develop. Emotion regulation is defined as the strategies and behaviors we use to moderate our emotional experiences in order to meet the demands of
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