Nonverbal Communication

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One concept in psychology that I will remember in five years, mainly because I use it every day is the importance of nonverbal communication. If you were to ask a college student ten goals that they want to achieve before completing college, I could argue that getting a job would be on the list of most. People don't always confess their true feelings on their mind or what they are honestly thinking but subconsciously through their nonverbal communication they may show what their true nature is. Giving off the right impression of yourself can be hard but even more challenging if you are unable to control body language. For example in a job interview the position of your arms, eye contact, the pitch of your voice, and posture can all effect a stranger's impression. Keeping eye contact is good; having too much can be perceived as offensive or intimidating but too little suggests insincerity. One problem with nonverbal communication is that gestures are not universal to all cultures; one socially acceptable gesture may not be in another culture. This is not an uncommon event in the world today, in fact in 1990's on a visit to Australia, George Bush Sr. accidentally told an entire crowd to go screw themselves because he tried to signal peace. This helps illustrate the importance of practicing proper body language to protect from misunderstanding or miscommunications among potential friends, co-workers, or complete crowds of strangers.

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