The Importance Of Verbal And Nonverbal Communication

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“Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation” (Amadeus Wolfe). Verbal and nonverbal communication play such a significant role in our everyday lives, but we have scantily taken the time to notice how what we say, or how our body language can affect those around us. The bat of an eyelash, the touch of an arm, the way we push our hair out of our face or the bite of a lip can indicate flirtation. Those that know me can read every emotion from my face, or so I’ve been told. Although, I am an immensely expressive person, I have difficulty not outwardly expressing how I am feeling whether elated, distressed, agitated, or ill-tempered. Consequently, I am always looking for ways in which I can control my emotions, and how I can…show more content…
Our body language determines a persons first impression of us, which can influence our future relationships, as well as our current relationships between others. Typically, I am a quiescent and reserved person, which can make communicating and making friends challenging. For example, on my first day at Northern College I was nervous, distancing myself from others, I sat at a table in the Cafeteria. As a result of my social anxiety I kept busy with my cell phone, texting my husband and browsing Facebook. During this time, I sat in my place at the table, two girls asked if they could sit with me, which I agreed, but because I was indisposed and I kept my face down I didn’t allow conversation. Looking back, my nonverbal communication stated that I was disinterested, and came across as unapproachable. If I would have kept a relaxed posture, put my phone away, and indicated that I was interested in conversation, I possibly could have made a friend. Nevertheless, I don’t believe we are consciously aware of our nonverbal communication. The flip of our hair when infatuated, the roll of our eyes when annoyed, the fidget of our hands when we are intolerant are all nonverbal actions that have come habitual to us throughout our lives. “Nonverbal signaling and reading of signals is automatic and performed outside our conscious awareness and control, through our
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