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340Lecture11 - Lecture 11 Nonverbal Communication:...

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COM 340 Lecture 11 Nonverbal Communication: Nonverbal Communication: Proxemics and Proxemics and Use of Space Use of Space
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COM 340 2 The study of humankind’s “perception and use of space.” (Edward T. Hall) All human beings learn hundreds of rules and cues about space as they grow up based on their culture. Most people don’t think about space as being culturally patterned. Foreign spatial rules are often misinterpreted and can lead to bad feelings. Overview of Proxemics
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COM 340 3 Every living thing has a physical boundary . And, every living thing is surrounded by a series of invisible boundaries . The invisible boundaries start at the edge of the physical boundary and progress outward. More difficult to see than the physical boundary because they are invisible , but are just as real . Invisible Boundaries (Bubbles)
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COM 340 4 Each person’s invisible bubble of space expands and contracts. Size depends on… their relationship to those around them their emotional state their cultural background, and the activity they are performing. In northern Europe (Germany and Scandinavia (cool climate)): people’s bubbles are quite large. As one moves south (France, Italy, Greece and Spain (warm climate)), the bubbles get smaller and smaller. Invisible Boundaries (Bubbles) (con’t)
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COM 340 5 Contact Cultures More immediacy People stand close together A lot of physical contact when
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