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Peculiarities of Non-Verbal Behavior

  1. By : Muhammad Nur Akil
  2. CONTENTS 01 02 03 04
  3. The communication without words but using hand signal, head movement, etc. Non verbal behaviour is commonly called body language
  4. 1. Facial expression 2. Posture 3. Eye contact 4. Gesture 5. Touch
  5. Facial expressions are one of the more important aspects of human communication. The face is responsible for communicating not only thoughts or ideas, but also emotions.
  6. Posture refers to the way people hold themselves while at work, in social gatherings, or in public places.
  7. Eye contact occurs when two people look at each other's eyes at the same time. In humans, eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and can have a large influence on social behavior
  8. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the body. Gestures differ from physical non-verbal communication that does not communicate specific messages, such as purely expressive displays, proxemics, or displays of joint attention
  9. Touches that can be defined as communication include handshakes, holding hands, kissing (cheek, lips, hand), back slap, "high-five", shoulder pat, brushing arm, etc.
  11. Gestures such as thumbs up can be interpreted differently in different cultures. It is taken as “Okay” sign in many cultures whereas is taken as a vulgarism in others like Latin American cultures and in Japan some even take it as money.
  12. Some cultures take snapping fingers to get the attention of a waiter as alright whereas some take it as disrespect and very offensive.
  13. Shaking hands is considered to be acceptable in many. Similarly, acceptability of kissing, hugs, and many other touches are different in different cultures. People in Asia are more conservative in these types of non-verbal communication.
  14. In Polynesia, people stick out their tongue to greet people which is taken as a sign of mockery in most of other cultures.
  15. Patting head or shoulder also has different meanings in different cultures. In some Asian cultures patting children’s head is very bad signal as head is taken to be sacred. Middle Eastern countries take touch between people from opposite genders is taken as bad character.
  16. sitting with crossed legs is considered offensive in Ghana and Turkey.
  17. In Middle Eastern culture people like to go near to others to talk while in others people might get afraid if anybody does so.
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