Types Of Nonverbal Communication

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When a baby wants something, whether it be a bottle or a diaper change , she cries. Crying is a baby’s only way of communicating. This is a form of communication called nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication is a form of communicating through sending signals and receiving wordless clues which is important because it makes up two-thirds of all communications. Although many forms of nonverbal communication exist, they can all be classified into four main categories: physical, symbols, aesthetic and signs. The most commonly known form of nonverbal communication is using physical movements, also called gestures. “Gestures are movements of any part of the body to indicate what someone wants”(Nonverbal). While there are several divisions of gestures, the two most common ones are emblems and quotable gestures. They are also known as conventional, culture specific gestures that are used as a replacement for words such as: waving goodbye or hello, shrugging of the shoulders, or a thumbs up. Gestures may also be called body language in business dealings. Good body language can be crucial for success, but different gestures may mean something different from country to country. In the United States of America, a firm handshake and direct eye contact are respected, but in France, a handshake is meant to be light and quick(Examples). For many people, movements of the body are the easiest way to communicate nonverbally. Consequently, physical gestures are the most common
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