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Demonstrative Communication

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DEMONSTRATIVE COMMUNICATION                           2
Demonstrative Communication
Communication is defined as the process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior also: exchange of information (Merriam-Webster, 2013). Demonstrative communication consists of communicating without words; spoken or written. This type of communication is often over looked, but on a sub conscious level it is processed and analyzed closely. Demonstrative communication can have both positive and negative effects on the communication process, which is measured by how effectively the message is conveyed.   I will be examining these effects on both the sender and receiver.
Facial expressions are a part of demonstrative communication; it is both unspoken and unwritten. Facial expressions are for the most part easily decoded; this is learned through life experiences. There is infinite number of facial expressions, meaning no two facial expressions will ever be exactly the same.   Human emotions can be broken down in to six basic categories, which are happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, surprise and anger (Darwin, 2007).   Generally speaking facial expressions demonstrate the general demeanor of the sender and receiver. When the sender or receiver has a smile on their face you can denote that they are happy, while a frown can indicate sadness or vulnerability.   Facial expression combined with other modes of demonstrative communication can be a positive reinforcement of one’s overall message, but by itself it is not sufficient.

In contrast an individuals’ facial expression itself is not sufficient to convey a message.   For example eye rolling can be interpreted as sarcasm or attitude, which leads to mixed signals for the receiver.   Due to...

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