The Use Of Personal And Interpersonal Space

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In order for a counselor to be effective in working with a wide range of clients, they must be effective communicators. Communication involves not only verbal communication but also nonverbal. Nonverbal communication can often send a stronger message then the actual words spoken. It’s important for counselors to remember that each culture and person for that matter, may have their own interpretation of nonverbal communication. Counselors should keep in mind that communication rules and behaviors are not universal. Counselors who assume communication rules are universal, risk causing unintentional harm to their clients(Sue & Sue,2013).

Proxemics, refers to the use of personal and interpersonal space (Sue & Sue, 2013, p.214). The amount of space a person has between them and another communicates certain messages. This is another area that counselors want to be cautious about making assumptions. There are no universal rules when it comes to proxemics. For example, in the United States, people get very uncomfortable when individuals are to close to their personal space. The exception to this rule, is when the persons are involved in some kind of intimate retaliation (2013). However in Latin cultures it is very common to stand close to people, especially when they are talking (2013).

Kinesics refers to body movement (Sue & Sue, 2013, p.215) and include, posture, facial expression, and eye contact. As counselors work with clients they want to be careful about making assumptions…
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