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The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

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CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1. Introduction
Communication is not just a matter of sending and receiving messages without thinking of their effects on others. Successful communication means sending and receiving thoughts and ideas in a reasonable, acceptable and, at the same time, polite way since misinterpretation may cause embarrassment or harm to others.
As simple as communication seems, much of what we try to communicate to others—and what others try to communicate to us—gets misunderstood, which can cause conflict and frustration in personal and professional relationships. (Robinson, Segal, and Segal, 2013, para. 1).
Therefore, the researcher of the present study believes it is reasonable to say that people should be aware of the power of words in constructing or spoiling the relationships among people. Moreover, members of any society must use the language as a means of social interaction in a way that suits the cultural values of that society.
Al-Shawashreh (2004: 63) believes that " a person must possess not only linguistic (the knowledge of lexemes, grammar etc) but also communicative competence (the use of the language appropriately in a given situation)". However, following DeVito (2002: 134) that " nonverbal messages may communicate specific meanings, just as verbal messages do", the researcher of the present study believes that it is not only verbal communication skills that a person must have in order to be able to communicate successfully with others, but also non-verbal communication skills, such as: facial expressions, body movements and even appearance.

As a matter of fact, all societies have some words, expressions and acts that are inadmissible in certain social situations, these are called...

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1.5. Significance of the Study
This study is an attempt to familiarize Jordanians, especially young Jordanians, with euphemistic death expressions used in everyday life of Jordanian society and the social situations in which each expression is used. The researcher assumes that the study will help Jordanians to be aware of the power of language in strengthening the relationships among people. It also identifies the most common euphemistic death expressions used by Jordanians and the ones most frequently used by males and females. It is also an attempt to investigate the Jordanians' attitudes towards the notion of death as a taboo topic. Few studies were concerned with social factors as some of the most significant factors in the formation of euphemisms. Therefore, this study attempts to fill this gap.
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