The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

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Communication Communication plays a key role in every culture, but the importance or preference a culture places on verbal or nonverbal communication differs greatly. The country of Japan is a high-context culture, which means their society places a greater importance on nonverbal communication rather than verbal communication. In order to understand why Japan places such importance on nonverbal communication, the way they verbally communicate with others needs to be discussed first. Many cultures outside of Japan have conveyed the thought that the Japanese are unskilled in verbal communication because they cannot convey facts accurately or express opinions logically. However, the opposite is true because in the Japanese culture they do…show more content…
However, due to the lack of trust involved in verbal communication and the importance of politeness when conversing with others, it is easy to grasp why the Japanese would rather converse through nonverbal communication.
Nonverbal communication
Whereas with verbal communication, the Japanese place a higher importance on implicit, nonverbal communication because nonverbal cues give truth to how an individual truly feels about a situation. “The Japanese are able to guess at each other’s feelings from facial expressions, movements of the eyes and the slightest gestures, and their conjectures are not mistaken” (Kowner, 2002, p.341). In Japan, if two individuals hold eye contact for a lengthy period of time, it is viewed as disrespectful and an invasion of privacy. The posture of an individual is a vital aspect of nonverbal communication, because the Japanese believe posture shows if one is being attentive and respectful during a conversation. Another nonverbal cue is the gestures an individual uses during a conversation, which can have several different meanings and can lead to one being offended when no offense was meant in the first place. Perhaps one of the most important forms of nonverbal communication the Japanese uses is silence. In the Japanese culture, silence is viewed as sign of respect because it means the listener is giving weight to what is being said and thoroughly thinking through the entire
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