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What Are The Main Forms of Noverbal Communication

July 30, 2019
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Most of all communication is nonverbal and it may be the most important way you interact with others. There are many forms of nonverbal communication and they are part of what makes us human.

They allow us to communicate with others despite language barriers or cultural differences. They are a way to share what you're feeling when you may not be able to say it. We use them every day without even knowing it and they share our true intentions.

There's always been the thought communication is 7% verbal, 38% vocal, and 55% facial. Regardless of the actual numbers, it's clear that what we say is not as important as how we say it and how we show it.

1. Facial Expression As A Form Of Nonverbal


This might be the most prominent. It is also one that has a universal understanding. Any people or culture can understand a simple smile or frown.

2. Gestures

Hand gestures can take on different meanings as you go around the world, but they are still an important form of communicating. A wave, peace sign, or thumbs up can convey meaning and are generally understood through different cultures.

3. Paralinguistics

Paralinguistics aren't what you say, but more how you say it. It doesn't matter what language you're speaking, but your tone, loudness of voice, inflection, and pitch set the stage for what you're saying. It's how we emphasize how we are feeling and it can be as important as the words we use.

4. Body Language

The way you present yourself with your body may communicate more about you than you could ever do with words. Simple things like your posture give insights into how you're feeling and the impression you want to convey.

5. Proxemics

This might be an unfamiliar word, but you probably know it better as 'personal space'. Everyone has their own preference as to how comfortable they are when people get close to them. This is a form of nonverbal communication that may work better than words.

When only communicating by texting or emails, communication looses some of the essential basics which helpl us to understand each other.



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