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Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will explain the importance of nonverbal communication.

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Source: Edward T. Hall's "Personal Reaction Bubbles" image, Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Personal_Space.svg&page=1

Notes on "Nonverbal Communication"


(00:00-00:35) Nonverbal Communication

(00:36-02:20) Personal Space

(02:21-03:22) Losing Face

(03:23-03:59) Idealization

(04:00-04:09) Embarrassment

(04:10-04:33) Demeanor

(04:34-05:00) Summary

Terms to Know
  • Demeanor

    The way that people carry themselves, an overall aspect or presentation.

  • Embarrassment

    Discomfort after making a social error.

  • Idealization

    Occurs when people create highly favorable impressions of themselves and their intentions so as not to appear selfish.

  • Losing Face (Erving Goffman)

    The idea of face relates to the notion that one's presentation of self is a mask that people work to maintain in social situations, thus losing face is the result of a social mis-step that results in emotional pain or embarrassment.

  • Nonverbal Communication

    The process of communication through relaying and receiving cues transmitted using body language, gestures, touches, and movements.

  • Personal Space

    The region surrounding a person that they regard as private.