Nonverbal communication is communication without words, it is the communication that takes place through bodily gestures, facial expressions, eye movements, spatial relationships, clothing, color, touch, vocal rate and volume, and even the way we treat people at times. (N.A, 2001) When we interact with others we give and receive wordless signals. The gestures we make, the way we sit, how close we stand, and even eye contact, sends strong messages. The ability to understand and use nonverbal communication is a powerful tool than can help us connect with others, express what we really mean, and perhaps build relationships. Sometimes when we speak, what we say and our body language are saying two different things. When you’re speaking with someone and this happens, we send out mixed messages. This causes the person you’re speaking with to figure out whether they should believe what’s coming out of your mouth or your body language. Most times they will believe the nonverbal communication, because it’s a very unconscious language, which tells our true feelings. The way we look, move, and react tells the other person if you really care, if you’re telling the truth, and if you’re really listening to what they’re saying. If you’re nonverbal communication signals match what comes out of your mouth, than you gain trust and understanding. Facial Expressions, body movement, posture, gestures, eye contact, touch, space, and voice are all forms of nonverbal communication. Let’s take a look at each form.
Our faces are able to express numerous emotions. One does not have to say a thing to express happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and even disgust. Body movement and posture are just that. A person slouching confers laziness, someone who walks and stands up straight confers authority. The way we sit, walk, stand, or even hold our heads communicates lots of things. Gestures are...