Verbal And Non Verbal Communication

1060 Words5 Pages
The world, as of the 21st century, is increasingly becoming an interconnected, interrelated social place in which avoidance of human interaction is near impossible. From telephone calls to advertising billboards, communication is ubiquitous. Communication essentially refers to the generation and receiving of messages across a variety of contexts, channels, media, and cultures. This complex interaction is composed of both verbal and non-verbal interactions. Verbal language is defined as the use of sounds and language to communicate a message and thus accents, dialects, and languages all fall under this “verbal code.” Its counterpart, non-verbal language, is communication through a host of nonlinguistic methods, including physical appearance, kinesics, and olfactics. There are numerous types of non-verbal communication, yet one of the most underestimated is the olfactics, or our sense of smell. It is generally assumed that the greater portion of the sensory world and communication is experienced through the auditory and visual senses. However, the underrated impact of our sense of smell is increasingly becoming acknowledged as a powerful communicator. The human nose has the capacity to differentiate between 1 trillion different smells and possesses approximately 400 different types of scent receptors. Although incomparable to that of animals, the human ability to recognize odors is still remarkably acute. Originally serving only to communicate basic, biologically relevant information via natural body secretions, our sense of smell now serves to gauge and maintain social relationships. As one of the most primitive of our five senses, odor has always played a significant role in both animals and human mate selection. Each person po... ... middle of paper ... ...orm of mysteriousness. These scents may also arouse forgotten memories such as a relaxing day at the park or an exciting hike in the forest in which emotions from then will bleed into the current mood and thus alter the perception of the person. This change in smell is a deliberate expression of body language whose purpose is to emphasize personality traits, be it fresh for hygienic or or vanilla for kindness, and ultimately leave an impression, However, as powerfully enticing as odors can be, they can undeniably work in the opposite way. If the fragrance sprayed is one that is disagreeable to the other, in the way that it is perhaps linked to a negative memory, the triggered response would not be a desired one. Too much or too little of a scent is also frowned upon as fragrance in excess conveys a message of vulgarity while too little sends a bland, sterile message.

More about Verbal And Non Verbal Communication

Open Document