The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

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Option #2 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION Not all communication involved hearing and the transmitting of sounds. Nonverbal communication is equally as effective as conveying information from one individual to another. In fact, research has revealed that as much as 93% of communication is in the form of nonverbal (Universal Class, 2018). Channels of nonverbal communication include kinesics, paralanguage and proxemics among others. Under the grouping of kinesics which focuses on body movements is emblems and illustrators which specifically involve movements of the hand and/or arm (Neuliep, 2015). Of all parts of the body, the hands are probably used most in sending nonverbal signals. While a surprising large amount of information can be conveyed using emblems and illustrators, it does have limitations on its use as well as differences in cross-cultural meaning.
Emblems and Illustrators Emblems are a type of nonverbal signal which involves mainly hand movements and in most cases, can be translated precisely into words (Hammock & Wheeler, 1972). Moreover, most individuals within a culture or microculture concur on the emblems meaning (Hammock & Wheeler, 1972). An example of an emblem is touching the tips of the thumb and forefinger together while the other fingers are extended. This is an extensively recognized hand gesture used to represent “okay” in American culture. Closely associated with emblems are illustrators. Like emblems, illustrators involve the use of the hand

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