Body Language And Nonverbal Communication In Social Interaction

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Teachers ' body language In a community, there are agreed- upon interpretations of particular behavior. Interpretations may vary from country to country, or culture to culture. On this note, there is a controversy on whether body language affects teaching. Body language, a subset of nonverbal communication, complements verbal communication in social interaction. In fact, some researchers conclude that nonverbal communication accounts for the majority of information transmitted during interpersonal interactions. It helps to establish the relationship between two people and regulates interaction, but can be ambiguous. Hence, it is crucial to accurately read body language to avoid misunderstanding in social interactions. Human communication, verbal and especially nonverbal, is based upon lower and earlier primate development as well as on extensive culturally learned behavior. Kinesthetic study can discover behaviors which maintain and disrupt social orders of all types--governmental, economic, familial, and personal. Communicational behavior exerts controls and limits on human freedom, especially as practiced by all kinds of institutions and in politics. The science of body communication must politicize itself so that it can help relieve mankind of the "double binding" process of neurotic and psychotic states of mind. (CH Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N. J) Cultural Equivalence Model The Cultural Equivalence Model predicts that individuals should be equally

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