application essay 2 - Culture defines us in many ways one of the ways that culture defines and separates people is through nonverbal communication What

application essay 2 - Culture defines us in many ways one...

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Culture defines us in many ways, one of the ways that culture defines and separates people is through nonverbal communication. What is defined as normal in one culture can be considered offensive in another, for example, in many Hispanic cultures it is common to say hi to people by giving them a kiss on the cheek but in other cultures that is considered rude and inappropriate. These nonverbal behaviors are implicit rules that are learned when people are young, they aren’t necessarily taught though, they can be learned through the observation of others. These nonverbal behaviors are often broken because they differ between regions, but, there are a few of these rules that are similar between regions with minor details as differences. When a person breaks one of these rules there are view as disrespectful, rude, strange, and like the odd one out. Personal space is one of those rules that is often broken, in different societies and cultures the distance people stand for each to talk differs. In some cultures, it is normal for people to stand very close when they speak, but in others its deemed disrespectful to stand close when speaking to others. The nonverbal behavior that I have chosen to violate is personal space, I violated this behavior with five classmates that I didn’t really know on a personal level.
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