What is Nonverbal Communication

What is nonverbal communication? Start with the definition of Nonverbal communication:

Nonverbal communications is usually accepted to mean the communicating by sending and or receiving messages in a form other than spoken or written words including but not limited to...

    gestures

    facial expressions

    body language

    body positioning

    glances

    postures

    movements

    tone of voice

    eye contact

    touching

    space and distance

    silence

    perception

    social perception

    self-perception

    Some nonverbal communication is universal.

    Some nonverbal communication is cultural or social

    Some nonverbal communication is occupation dependent

Nonverbal Communication and Emotions

The seven universal human emotions have seven universal facial expressions. These expressions are nonverbal ways to communicate the same emotions. Likewise, being able to cold read the facial expressions can allow you to know what is being communicated.

The seven emotions are...

    Joy

    Trust

    Fear

    Surprise

    Sadness

    Disgust

    Anger

There are also secondary and tertiary emotions that have subsequent micro-expressions to each of the above emotions.

    Optimism

    Love

    Submission

    Awe

    Disappointment

    Remorse

    Contempt

    Aggressiveness

Many facial expressions, for example, are relatively universal, with most cultures able to identify expressions of fear, joy, or anger.

Social gestures like bowing, shaking hands, knuckle bump (or fist bump), or flashing a peace sign, a high five or low five are culturally and geographically defined. They can have little or no meaning outside the culture they are used in. Even worse, some gestures that are socially acceptable in one culture can have obscene meanings in other cultures.

Even dress is a form of nonverbal communication. The wall street suit, power ties and other forms of dress communicate various nonverbal messages.

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