Demonstrative communication is something that everyone uses on a day to day basis, whether people realize it or not. It is seen in nonverbal and non-written communication, for example, body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice, are different ways in which people communicate.
Demonstrative communication is very effective in the fact that people can understand if one does not wish to talk, or get a general idea of one’s sentiment about something, just by observing how one reacts. For example, if a couple were in a deep conversation about a controversial topic such as same-sex marriage, one would be able to identify the other person’s thoughts and feelings on the subject just by observing. If one were to tap their toes, or cross their arms, it would signify impatience, or perhaps disagreement with what was said. During the conversation, it would help to notice if eye contact was made, or were eyes shifting around looking anywhere but at the speaker? If a person is making eye contact, then it would be safe to say that the person was intrigued by what was said on the subject because they obviously gave their full attention. However, if they are looking around at anything but the speaker, then it would be safe to say that they were uninterested in the subject, and most likely not listening. The tone of voice is another good indicator on how a person is feeling. The rise and fall of our voice, as well as the emphasis we may put on certain words gives us an indication of how a person is feeling. If the person began speaking and there was heat in the tone, one would know that the speaker felt passionately about what was being said, or else angry, or both.
It is great to know when nonverbal communication works effectively, but what about when it works ineffectively? When it comes to eye contact, most people would prefer it to be maintained for it shows that someone is listening. However, “in other cultures, such as China or Japan,...