Eye Contact And Nonverbal Communication

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Growing up, it had been conditioned at a very young age that communication plays a vital role in the interaction of human beings. It can be observed that the phenomena called interpersonal communication is a process which simply ‘happens’, where involved participants share in the negotiating process consciously or unconsciously. It is through this process or interaction one can identify another process called non-verbal communication/cues. According to andrews.edu “nonverbal communication involves those nonverbal stimuli in a communication setting that are generated by both the source [speaker] and his or her use of the environment and that have potential message value for the source or receiver [listener].” Basically it is sending and receiving …show more content…
The article went on explaining that eye contact is not consistent amongst different religions, cultures and social backgrounds. In most instances, eye contact is often linked to other non-verbal cues, the eyes alone, however, could transmit a message of its own. Eye contact helps indicate how interested a person is in a conversation that is being held; it also helps in suggesting when a person is being honest, dishonest or truthful. The article further explained that in most situations, when people are being untruthful, they tend to look away and resist eye contact. Eye contact reveals someone 's involvement and attention in a particular subject; attention is a feature of eye contact that can be both negatively and positively affect by a person 's gaze. Another non- verbal cue as it relates to communication in humans is Body …show more content…
Body languages are sometimes noticeable while others are not, which in most cases causes another person to misunderstand different actions. BBC (2014) defined the term body language as “the way in which our bodies communicates our own or a character’s attitude. An audience or viewer can watch it to pick up on someone 's age, emotions, status, or health” ( p. 1). The final non-verbal cue being discussed is called Haptics. According to psychologistanywhereanytime.com (2005) haptics is defined as “the study of touching as nonverbal communication. Touches that can be defined as communication include handshakes, holding hands, kissing (cheek, lips, and hand), back slap, "high-five", shoulder pat, brushing arm, etc. Each of which gives off nonverbal messages as to the touching person 's intentions/feelings. They also cause feelings in the receiver, whether positive or

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