Topics: Communication, Nonverbal communication, Emotion Pages: 4 (1255 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Mrs. Zhang
COM 104
November 2, 2012
Nonverbal Communication
In today’s society nonverbal communication is the way people get the meaning of what they want to say across. It’s more than just talking to someone, it has meaning behind it. It adds emotions to the words you are saying. The way you move, talk, sound, and look can give many different messages to someone. It can tell you how someone is feeling, like if they are having a bad day, excited, nervous, or calm. You can easily text, call someone, or write a letter but without the actually being there or seeing and hearing them doesn’t enhance the message. Nonverbal communication is used all over the world in many different forms but it all has a major effect on the type of culture you live in. One of life’s greatest treasures is emotion; happiness, love, excitement, sadness, and being depressed, but without nonverbal communication, we would lose these great qualities.

Nonverbal Communication is everything that communicates a message but does not include words. This can be a very wide range of subjects that can vary from; hand gestures, facial expressions, clothing, movements, attractiveness, eye gazing, smell, hair, and even your hand shake. Not only do all these things make what you’re saying more clear, but it also tells the person you are talking to what kind of person you are. Nonverbal communication is a big part about who you are and what you are trying to say to other people. There are two main sides of nonverbal communication, decoding and encoding. Decoding is exactly what it sounds like; you decode what the person is saying. It is just like if you were to decode a drawing or a map. You see something, decipher it, and figure out what is meaning to be said. Seeing someone spray painting the side of a building might make you think that he or she is a trouble maker, which would be an example of decoding. When you encode nonverbal communication you put your emotions and feelings into it. If you...
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