Nonverbal Communication: Misunderstanding and Conflicts

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Nonverbal Communication is important as what people say. But much of nonverbal communication In different cultures is beyond our awareness. Lack of such Knowledge may arise misunderstanding and Conflicts. Every day, we respond to thousands on nonverbal cues and behaviors including postures, Facial expression, eye gaze, gestures, and tone of voice. From our handshakes to our hairstyles, Nonverbal details reveal who we are and impact how we relate to other people. Nonverbal communication is more important in understanding human behavior than words. Facial expression is responsible for a huge portion of nonverbal communication .Consider how much Information can be conveyed with a smile or a frown. While nonverbal communication and behavior can Vary between cultures, in my place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone facial expression is a big deal; But Here in the United States is not. Which I think it’s ok. For example, waving the hand vertically with the Palm facing outward means “Goodbye” in the United States, but can be misinterpreted as meaning “Come here” to someone from a Mendes tribe in Sierra Leone

Body, posture, and movement can also convey a great deal on information. Body language has grown Significantly since. But popular media has focus on the over interpretation of defensive postures, Arm crossing, and leg crossing. Some people will say crossing your arms, means you are not welcoming Them and for some is just a posture. Most of the time when I watch an interview, the host and the Guest crossing their legs. Our choice of color clothing, hairstyles and other factors affecting Appearance are also considered a means of nonverbal Communication. Appearances can also Alter physiological reactions, Judgment and interpretations. Just think of all the subtle Judgments you quickly make about someone based on his or her appearance. I had my Grandmother say this a thousand times that ‘’the way people see you, tells them who you are” For nonverbal...
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