DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
It goes without saying (pardon the pun) that nonverbal communication is a vital part of the human communicative experience. Whether we use facial expressions, body movements, or gestures, we all send and receive messages nonverbally.
Do some research on an article or blog on nonverbals and post it for the class. Tell us why you chose this piece and what practical application it has for you personally, spiritually, or professionally.
The student will complete 3 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at
least 400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) by Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student
must then post 2 replies of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned
Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly
citations in APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in APA format.
Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources
include peer-reviewed articles, the textbook, the Bible, etc.
Sex Differences in Nonverbal Communication
Watch: Decoding Nonverbals – Part I (transcrpt)
All right, so welcome. This week we are looking at decoding nonverbal communication. To decode something is generally to sort of break it down and figure out the different specific meanings. And then put it together for a whole sort of cohesive message. This week, I actually want you to pay attention a little bit to Seinfeld. It has amazing nonverbal characteristics through the whole thing. From Kramer to George to Elaine to Jerry. They all have these different ways of interacting with each other non-verbally. There are several episodes that highlight that, and so it’s obviously a little exaggerated, but that’s part of the fun of watching those shows as you’re learning about the academic side of nonverbal, to actually watch it played out. And maybe, like I said, exaggerated gives you a really good idea of how it can function. So two things this week, I want you to be thinking about the social roles or social perceptions of men and women and the non-verbals associated with it. For instance, two ideas, power and dominance. The different ways that men and women exert power and dominance in and through nonverbals are actually very different. You’re going to be thinking about and paying attention to the idea of how that comes across in stance, posture, how it comes across in physical touch and eye contact. And even smiling for instance, for women and most of the time when they’re seen to actually be smiling. The actual sort of academic definition of that is that they’re actually trying to put the other people in the conversation at ease. That it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with joy, happiness on their specific instance. For men, a smile was actually seen as just genuine. They are smiling because they feel joy, happy that it’s a sociable kind of behavior rather than something that has sort of a behind the scenes meaning. So that’s just one example. I want you to be paying attention to some of the differences that you see in men and women. Think about stance, think about eye contact. Women have a tendency throughout literature. They talk about the idea of making eye contact and then having a downward glance where men have a tendency to hold the eye contact longer. Again, once not worse or better, they’re just different. So as you’re thinking about non-verbal communication in your decoding, I want you to decode on those two different stances, the idea of men and women and the differences between them. So, pay attention to intuition. Think about what you are naturally gifted to deciphering, sort of discerning and nonverbal communication. I hope you enjoy this week and watch them Seinfeld.
Watch: Secrets & Science of BODY LANGUAGE – Discovery Science TV
So I want to start by offering you a free no tax life hack. And all it requires of you is this, that you change your posture for two minutes. But before I give it away, I want to ask you to write now, do a little audit of your body and what you’re doing with your body. So how many of you are sort of making yourselves smaller? Maybe you’re hunching, crossing your legs, maybe wrapping your ankles. Sometimes we hold onto our arms like this. Sometimes we spread out. They see you. So I want you to pay attention to what you’re doing right now. We’re going to come back to that in a few minutes. And I’m hoping that if you sort of learn to tweak this a little bit, it could significantly change the way your life unfolds. So we’re really fascinated with body language. And we’re particularly interested in other people’s body language. We’re interested in like, you know, a, an awkward interaction or a smile or a contemptuous glance, or maybe a very awkward wink, or maybe even something like a handshake. Here they all arrive in at number ten and the look of his lucky policeman gets to shake home for the President of the United States. On here comes the prime minister, but not a handshake or the lack of a handshake can have us talking for weeks and weeks and weeks. Even the BBC in the New York Times. So, so obviously when we think about nonverbal behavior or body language, but we call it nonverbals as social scientists, it’s language. So we think about communication. When we think about communication, we think about interactions. So what is your body language communicating to me? What’s mine communicating to you? And there’s a lot of reason to believe that this is, this is a valid way to look at this as social scientists have spent a long time looking at the effects of, of our body language or other people’s body language on judgments. And we make sweeping judgments and inferences from body language. And that those judgments predict really meaningful life outcomes like who we hire or promote, who we asked out on a date. For example, non-linear embody, a researcher at Tufts University shows that when people watch 30 minute a 30-second soundless clips, a real physician-patient interactions. Their judgments of the physician’s niceness predict whether or not that physician will be sued. So it doesn’t have to do so much with whether or not that physician was incompetent, but do we like that person and how they interacted? Even more dramatic. Alex total, Robert Princeton has shown us that judgments of political candidates faces in just 1 second, predict 70% of US Senate and gubernatorial race out cottons. And even, Let’s go. Digital emoticons used well in online negotiations can lead you to claim more value from that negotiation If you use them. Poorly, bad idea, right? So, so when we think of non-verbals, we think of how we judge others, how they judge us, and what the outcomes are. We tend to forget though the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals and that’s ourselves. We are also influenced by our nonverbals, our thoughts and our feelings and our physiology. So what nonverbals am I talking about? I’m a social psychologist. I studied prejudice and I teach at a competitive business school. So it was inevitable that I would become interested in power dynamics. I became especially interested in nonverbal expressions of power and dominance. And what our nonverbal expressions of power and dominance, well, this is what they are. So in the animal kingdom there about expanding. So you make yourself big, you stretch out, you take up space, you’re basically opening up.
DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS