NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 6 (49 pages)

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COM 112 Chapter 6

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North Carolina State University
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Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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CHAPTER PREVIEW 1 2 1 The Nature of Nonverbal Communication 2 Ten Channels of Nonverbal Communication 3 4 3 Culture Sex and Nonverbal Communication 4 Improving Your Nonverbal Communication Skills A TOUCHING MOMENT FOR THE FIRST LADY In April 2009 during her first visit to England as First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama created a public stir when she put her arm around Queen Elizabeth II as a gesture of friendship Although such friendly physical contact is natural in U S culture it was a breach of protocol in Great Britain where visitors to the royal palace are sternly warned never to touch the queen unless reciprocating a handshake The no touch rule reflects a long historical tradition of considering kings and queens to possess divine powers including the power to cure disease through touch If a monarch s touch could heal people believed the ruler should conserve that power by not allowing others to touch him or her Even though such beliefs are no longer widely held official protocol still prohibits touching a king or queen in most instances Many people in England were therefore shocked to see Michelle Obama with her arm around the queen The queen s spokespeople insisted afterward however that she took no offense at the First Lady s affectionate gesture Page 178 N onverbal communication is powerful Sometimes the smallest gesture a glance a warm vocal tone a brief affectionate touch with a foreign head of state can send unmistakable messages about ourselves to others Moreover so much of what we learn about other people s thoughts and feelings comes not through listening to their words but through observing their body language watching their facial expressions seeing how they move and gesture and taking note of their eye contact Those and other behaviors often convey enormous amounts of information about people in efficient and sometimes subtle ways 1 The Nature of Nonverbal Communication On the animated television show The Simpsons Marge Simpson is seldom



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