Nonverbal Communication : Non Verbal Communication Essay

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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 of messages in a variety of ways without the use of verbal codes (words). It is both intentional and unintentional and most speakers / listeners are not conscious of this. This paper will reflect on three non- verbal cues, which are eye contact, body language and heptics as they relate to communication in humans.
According to Knapp and Hall (n.d.), who wrote an article on eye contact, defined eye contact as, “a type of nonverbal communication that is strongly influenced by social behavior.” In western civilizations, eye contact is mostly often defined as a sign of confidence (Knapp & Hall, n.d.). The article went on explaining that eye contact is not consistent amongst different religions, cultures and social backgrounds. In most…

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