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The effects emotions have on communication

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The Effects Emotions Have on Communication Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies (2013) defines emotion as, “physiological, behavioral, and/or communicative reactions to stimuli that are cognitively processed and experienced as emotional.” Emotions affect not only what we communicate but how we communicate. The scene I chose to use to analyze the effect of emotion on communication is “Dreams of an insomniac.” In this scene, Frankie and David are engaged in an emotional conversation following Frankie’s discovery that David has a girlfriend. The characters present in this scene are Frankie and David. The scene takes place on a beach where Frankie and David are walking and talking. There are many emotions present in this
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COMMUNICATION IN THE MOVIES 4 scene including sadness, anger, regret, guilt, and love. In fact, the entire conversation between Frankie and David surrounds their emotions. The emotional charge of the situation is displayed both verbally and nonverbally by both characters. David displays the primary emotion of distress along with the secondary emotions of shame and guilt (Communication in the Real World, 2013) over the fact that Frankie is upset by his omission of the fact that he has a girlfriend. His distress is displayed nonverbally throughout the scene as he has difficulty maintaining eye contact and keeps his hands submissively in his pockets. Verbally, David stumbles over his words and struggles to explain his feelings to Frankie. His emotions surrounding the situation affect his ability to find the right words to explain to Frankie how he feels. Frankie displays the primary emotions of anger and sadness and the secondary emotions of embarrassment and love (Communication in the Real World, 2013). Her emotions manifest nonverbally as she kicks at the sand on the beach and struggles to even look in David’s direction. Verbally, her emotions
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  • Winter '18
  • Melissa Landin
  • rob, FRANKIE

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