The presence of nonverbal messages in our communication is very important. Following the text, researchers have estimated it is up to “65 percent of social meaning we convey in face-to-face interactions is a result of nonverbal behavior” (131). The movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a typical example about the interactions among characters, also with audience. Several scenes in this movie show us the effects of nonverbal messages in communication, especially through the character Daniel, who disguises himself as a middle-aged British nanny in order to be near his children.
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The author, Joe Navarro, is a former FBI agent counterintelligence officer who specializes in the field of nonverbal communication or body language. Nonverbal behavior explains how to speed read people decoding the sentiments and behaviors, avoiding any hidden pitfall, and looking for deceptive behaviors. He gives the groundwork for understanding the why and how behind behavior and gestures movement, this teaches the reader how to decipher the body language for themselves. The author stresses the importance of personal identity and the complication of body language, rather than just giving the reader an examples and some meaning. His explanation takes out the confusion out of reading gestures and behaviors.
Lothringer, Dan. "Speaking Without Words: Body Language and Non-Verbal Cues in Communication." Weblog post. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
I can honestly say that I have a huge interest in body language, especially when it relates to communication. Throughout our day-to-day activities, communication is actively voiced and because of that I found it interesting to watch the required documentary on body language. I had high expectations for the video before watching. The documentary helped shed light on why it is important to recognize the nonverbal gestures, signs of distress, authenticity of one’s speech, levels of pitch, and rhythm in the voice which in all speaks the loudest. Knowing how to decipher non-verbal communication is a very power tool and once mastered can effectively help express the words heard allowing you to build better relationships.
Body language reaches beyond the arenas of just what we are doing with our full, physical being. Eye contact and voice tone also play into body language, and we can often lose sight of how these pieces fit into the full puzzle. The inability to maintain eye contact with someone can convey a lack of respect or personal confidence or can be perceived as dishonesty (Reiman, 2008). The ability to maintain a low voice can also convey dominance and confidence.
We, as humans, have the propensity to vary in how well we encode and decode messages that are both written and spoken. This is because people tend to range in a variety of highs and lows with regard to their verbal language abilities. This would a lot for differences in nonverbal communication as well. Nonverbal communication refers to the exchange of information between people and an explanation or establishment of the meaning of information by any means other than the use of spoken or written words. It includes message through a multitude of behaviors (expressive channels) such as facial expressions, bodily movements, vocal tone and pitch, and other channels that are comprised of a variety of cues related to the encoding and the decoding of messages. The communication and interpretation of nonverbal behavior draws on tacit, implicit knowledge that all human beings possess (Ambady and Rosenthal, 775).
...J. A. Harrigan, R. Rosenthal, & K. Scherer (Eds.), The new handbook of methods in nonverbal behavior research (pp. 137–198). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
77). We all express or encode a feeling with an outward facial expression such as smile or frown, and we decode or interpret these features the same across the board (Aronson, 2013, p.77). According to Aronson (2013) a study was done in New Guinea with a small tribe that had little to no contact with Westerners and when told particular stories had the same six facial expressions as Westerners. It’s interesting because verbal language is vastly diverse between cultures, but that in order for us to understand each other better we have a nonverbal form of communication such as facial
There is a wide range of language types. One which is universally emphasized is body language, it can be observed from almost anywhere. Body Language can be observed throughout one’s routines, such as a dancer and performer. There are stories and meanings behind every performance and some of the key body language significance are the way they communicate their emotions, their facial expressions and gestures.