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1-22-09 - COMM 1 1/22/09 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION Common...

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COMM 1 – 1/22/09 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION Common misinterpretations: o “truth” is in the nonverbal. There are practiced liars. o Nonverbal communication is its own “body language”. Gestures do not have their own specific dictionary-like meanings (such as words do). Relationship to Verbal Communications: o Nonverbal communication can: Compliment verbal. Regulate verbal. Control the flow of conversation (i.e. raising hand in school setting). Substitute for verbal. Contradict verbal. Conflict situations. Importance of Nonverbals: o Demonstrate “immediacy”. To have immediacy in a conversation, you are there, involved, and open to what others are saying. o Gauge others’ reactions/feedback. Ways of Sending Nonverbal Messages: o Paralanguage (paralinguistics) In the middle of verbal and nonverbal. Not word-choice or connotative meanings. Vocalizations (crying, laughing, grunting).
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