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What's it all mean?

Before we get started on discussing specifics on non-verbal communication let's put out some definitions to help you better understand the language that is connected to this discipline.

Non-verbal communications is the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless (mostly visual) cues between people.  It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as body language (kinesics), in truth non-verbal communication encompasses much more. Many of these disciplines are increasingly based on scientific research and analysis such as the use of voice (paralanguage), touch (haptics), distance (proxemics) and includes our physical environment and appearance.  There is a correlation between non-verbal communication and meta-communication.

There is really so much more to our communication than we think there is and below you will see these elements broken down into their various sections.


Paralanguage is a component of meta-communication that may modify or nuance meaning, or convey emotion, such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation etc. It is sometimes defined as relating to nonphonemic properties only. Paralanguage may be expressed consciously or unconsciously.


Haptices is any form of interaction involving touch. 


Proxemics is the interrelated observations and theories of man's use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture.


Kinesics is also known as body movement is the interpretation of body motion communication such as facial expressions and gestures — that is, nonverbal behavior related to movement of any part of the body or the body as a whole.


Oculesics is the study of eye movement, eye behavior, gaze, and eye-related nonverbal communication


The way that one perceives and values time, structures time and reacts to time frames communication.  Typically this looks at punctuality the willingness to wait and how time is perceived.

Now that we can seel the various elements in the sectors we can now look at these in more detail.


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Wednesday, 20 February 2019