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Nonverbal Communication

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will explain the importance of nonverbal communication.

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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

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


Discomfort after making a social error.


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.