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Unformatted text preview: Paige Honore’ 1 Thursday, September 27, 2007 Non-verbal communication Non-verbal communication- communication other than written or spoken language that creates meaning for someone, anything needed to communicate other than the words that you choose. 65% of meaning is conveyed through non- verbal messages. Examples: Facial expression, hand gestures, distance Three main things nonverbal’s are used for: 1. They express meaning a. Non verbal communication could be the message without the verbal. For example: if the teacher stands with her hands crossed while lecturing signals aggravation 2. Modifies verbal messages a. complete the original message (you can say something and her nonverbal’s agree with whatever she was saying) b. accent whatever your saying (slamming the table), c. repeat (nod your head) d. Contradict the message (What your saying is not as important as what you’re doing, telling jokes) 3. Regulate the flow of interaction a. starting a conversation and ending a conversation, deciding when to talk or not to talk A non-verbal may be different depending on different areas of the world (or even from the North or South). Even though non-verbals don’t use language, people consider them to have a set of codes. Non-verbal Codes: Paige Honore’ 2 1. Appearance - a person’s height, weight, general attractiveness, it has to create meaning (ex: if your husband is getting fat and you take it as your husband not being interested in you anymore). When you go to a job interview your appearance is the first thing they look at. a. Artifacts- anything that creates appearance; clothing, jewelry, tattoos, cologne. They can convey social status, pre-identification (wearing an LSU sweatshirt); can give idea about personalities also. 2. Proxemics -the use of space, the bubble (personal space-the area around us that we still consider to be private). a. Public distance -12 to 25 ft, public places b. Social distance - 4 to 12 ft., walking past each other, a business situation c. Personal distance - 18 inches to 4 ft, friends, acquaintances, d. Intimate distance - 0-18 inches, private conversation, love-making 3. Environment -communicates information about the people who own the environment or control it, and provides contexts that alters behavior. a. Can determine the proxemics between people; ex: people who share the same side of the booths with each other is an examples of an intimate proxemics 4. Time - (chronemic)depending on the environment showing up late can create two different vibes. If you show up late for a date it could mean create two different vibes....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2010 for the course CMST 2010 taught by Professor Whitehead during the Fall '08 term at LSU.
- Fall '08