Between the Lines: The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

Between the Lines: The Importance of Nonverbal Communication
The symbols we use to communicate are the vital fabric that holds human society together. Every day, billions of people around the globe use a plethora of symbols to relay information, exchange ideas, and solve problems. When these symbols are used in an effective way, they can change how someone views life, rouse people to a common cause, or infuse emotions and ideas into those that can understand. But what kind of symbols am I referring to? Most would think that I speak of verbal, oral, and textual symbols, and, to a certain extent, they are correct.
But there are other symbols that many do not pay much attention to, symbols that speak between the lines of normal conversation and imply attitudes, thoughts, ideas, and feelings that remain unspoken. These types of symbols, called nonverbal symbolic communication, are experienced and utilized by every one of us. However, the most common ones which others have used to communicate with me—and vice versa—are body language, appearance, proxemics, and haptics.
Body language is…



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