Difference Between Verbal And Nonverbal Communication Rules

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Before a movie plays on a movie theater screen there is a message about turning off your cell phones before the movie to be courteous to everyone. This is proof of how there are many rules that are in communication, such as not being on your cell phone during a movie. Communication has rules that govern our everyday lives more than others believe and breaking them will inevitably create reactions regardless of the rules broken. For this communication exercise I chose three nonverbal and three verbal rules to break, some implicit and some explicit. Through this paper I will be discussing what nonverbal rules I broke, what verbal rules I broke, the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication, whether context impacts the meaning of the …show more content…
Verbal communication gets the meaning across with words, while nonverbal communication gets the meaning across with varies channels. When verbal and nonverbal communication function together they work together to create meaning. During my experiment in the library, verbal and nonverbal reinforced each other by someone verbally scolding me for being loud while glaring which created meaning that they were upset. During my lipstick experiment in the grocery store, verbal and nonverbal contradicted each other by someone smiling towards me but then quietly talking about my teeth to their companion. During my phonological experiment it was apparent that while my friends would not necessarily say how they were feeling they would cross their arms and would begin to left-position even when the conversation began meaning that breaking the phonological rule made them uncomfortable. Through different experiments come different messages to react …show more content…
If the communication environment, also known as context, involves being around young children it is much harder to get a message across than if the context was at a dog park. Communication is rule-governed more often than people think. With context, I was able to see how far I was breaking the rules and how much further someone could go to get even more reactions. When nonverbal and verbal messages contradict each other I typically believe nonverbal messages. An example of when I believe the verbal communication, but the nonverbal told me something else was my friend was giving me compliments on my artwork while demonstrating forced smiles. My hunch about the verbal communication was correct because later my artwork got a far better grade than I thought it would have. An example of when I believed the verbal communication, but the nonverbal told me something else was when my ex-friend told me how much I meant to her as she was fake smiling and would always pseudolisten to me. At the end of the friendship I realized that I should have believed the nonverbal communication over the verbal. Both of those examples could have gone differently if I used perception checking

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