Nonverbal Communication - Improving Sensitivity to Nonverbal Cues

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Nonverbal Communication - Improving Sensitivity to Nonverbal Cues Jamila Ramsey Grand Canyon University: PSY-369 Prof. Natalie Emery May 16, 2013 Abstract Nonverbal communication is used to enhance, supplement or substitute for spoken language. Unspoken cues are sent and received almost without thought much of the time. It is natural to interpret and judge someone based on the way that they present themselves and by the body language that they use. In order to successfully communicate with others, individuals must be aware of nonverbal messages and be able to quickly and accurately interpret them. The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look and to identify nonverbal forms of communication such as touch, eye contact, facial expression, hand gestures, stance and posture. Also consider ways to sharpen perception of nonverbal communication. When perceiving nonverbal communication one must consider the context and setting of the interaction, as well as cultural differences among individuals. What is acceptable in one culture may in fact be offensive in another culture. It is important to recognize these factors while communicating with others. Nonverbal Communication - Improving Sensitivity to Nonverbal Cues Nonverbal communication is the most natural and primitive form of communication used by both humans and animals. People constantly send and receive messages in a variety of ways without the use of verbal codes. For instance, men and women use body language to express unspoken feelings. Also, before learning language babies use nonverbal methods of communicating with their caregivers. Even after language is developed, people continue to use nonverbal communication to supplement, modify or substitute for verbal communication. Generally people are unaware of the nonverbal messages they are sending. Or they deliberately try to conceal them in order to
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