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Discuss the importance of body language in personal communication.

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Discuss the importance of body language in personal communication Personal communication is aided by many factors other than simply speech. The main contribution to speech in personal communication is body language, most of which is unconscious. Body language is one of three aspects of Non Verbal Communication. The other two are Paralanguage and Appearance. Body language, as a whole is made up of every movement that our body makes that conveys communication to others. According to Michael Argyle Body language is made up of eight codes, these are: * Touch * Proximity * Orientation * Head Nods * Facial Expression * Gesture * Posture * Eye Contact The first, touch is one of the most intimate. It can is used most effectively for comfort, violence and arousal. Another aspect which can strongly display violence is gesture. There are many gestures world-wide that are used to insult and convey violent feelings. All of the above factors of body language are used in the simplest of communications. Body language is very important for communication, as it aids the information being transmitted and helps the receiver understand the meaning more clearly. ...read more.


with a slumped posture. Most people would understand this as being sarcastic but some may really think that the person loves maths. It is all to do with how the receivers interpret what has been said. Often as in this case by the paralanguage but this is aided heavily by the body language. Every aspect can make a difference about how people interpret things. Using the same example, if the person had glasses, a cardigan, a side-parting and carried an issue of Maths Weekly under his arm people would be less inclined to think he was being sarcastic. Body language does not have to be used with speech although this is when we most notice it. It is everywhere. How people dress, use gestures, postures, paralanguage, facial expression, proximity, touch, eye contact, head nods and orientation are all aspects of body language so can all convey a meaning. For example; a strong head nod means you certainly agree or understand or a big smile means you are happy or 'faking' happiness etc. Body language is also very important for deaf people. ...read more.


Basically, the receiver will only have speech to work out what message is being sent, therefore the message is much more likely to contain errors and may be a completely different sentence. This can be turned around. If, For example the receiver cannot hear speech very well they may be able to pick up some of the message by body language, lip reading etc. This also increases the risk of misinterpreting the message because the receiver is relying on one source. An example of the above would be: Chinese Whispers, where each receiver interprets what they hear slightly differently until at the end it is a completely different message due to the volume of the sender's voice. Overall, Body language does play an enormous part towards personal communication. Less so in Intrapersonal communication because it is more focused on thinking and cognition's rather than conveying a message. Body language aids the accuracy of the transmitted message. Personal Communication could survive without it but would suffer a great deal. It is often taken for granted how much body language effects communication. Consequently, Body language is very important and is a valued component to the system of communication. ...read more.

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