Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in "Our Time is Up"

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1.) What are the differences between verbal communication and nonverbal communication? Can we communicate every aspect of whatever we want to express by only verbal messages. Why do we use euphemisms, connotation and denotation to express ideas that are uncomfortable or hard to communicate to others? Cite examples from the motion picture shown in the class and other relevant examples.

There are many different ways to communicate with one another, however the primary aspects of communication underlie between two groups, which are verbal and nonverbal communication. Firstly, verbal communication is a way of communicating face-to-face through the use of voice. Our voices have the ability to create a language which constitutes as a symbolic system where, as human beings, we have the power to assign meanings to words for which we choose to understand, mainly through the use of denotations (the primary symbolic association to a word) and connotations (secondary symbolic associations to a word). Secondly, nonverbal communication is pragmatic in the way that we only use facial expressions, gestures, and sounds. Nonverbal communication is much harder to control due to the fact that most information is conveyed consciously and unconsciously.

Although verbal communication is commonly used between all human beings, using nonverbal communication aids us in expressing anything that is on our mind for the given moment, no matter the consequences. I believe that people have a natural need to belong to a certain group therefore we do everything we can to assimilate to what is accepted. However, when it comes down to situations where people we are close to, who negatively affect our morals or dignity, we try to diffuse the situation by using e...

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...ll he is encountered by every single one of his clients, with each of them showing their appreciation for his therapy and how he changed their lives. At the end of it all he shows a sign of contentment and ease. This shows how the different people that you meet and how you interact and study with them, the way they in turn act towards you is how you will view yourself.

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