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Non-Verbal Communication Essay

Compose responses to each of the following questions in separate paragraphs.

1. Which of the images demonstrates an interpersonal communication exchange? How can you tell?

The first image is a perfect example of interpersonal communications because the man and woman are interacting with each other. Even though the communication between them is negative, it is interactive. The body language

2. What types of interpersonal communication are being displayed in the images? Why?

The type of interpersonal communications on display in the above pictures are a mix of non-verbal, aware and listen and respond forms of interactive communications. The non-verbal guy in the chair excluded, the other 2 images are of negative interactions.

Textual communication also plays a role in communication with others. It is important to recognize that textual information may gain deeper meaning when the text is spoken or viewed in a specific context versus when it is read.

Read the following quotes and interpret what you think is being expressed. Write 50 to100 words per quote and support your responses. If you wish to include references, please format your responses consistent with APA guidelines.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” — Mark Twain

In this quote by Mark Twain, I feel that what he is attempting to say is that “Anger” is an emotion that eats away at the very core of a person’s being. In essence, the emotion of anger stresses the person who is holding it more than the person that is on the receiving end of the tirade.

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” — Arthur Miller

This quote is one of choices. I believe that Arthur Miller is attempting to express the value of choices in life. The statement about ending up with the right regrets translates to hoping that those regrets that may have hurt, harmed, offended, shunned, etc. people are not the memories that define a life of actions and choices. What I interpret the “right” regrets to be for example would be, “I only regret that I couldn’t help more people live their dreams.”

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” — H. G. Wells

In short, I believe that H.G. Wells is expressing that the lessons from our history as humans are learned from by some (education) while others disregard history’s lessons and repeat the same mistakes of the past.

“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” — John F. Kennedy

The late President Kennedy was more than likely speaking in the same direction of H.G. Wells with this piece. Human beings have always been capable of extraordinary compassion and protection towards their fellow man. In this statement, I believe that he is stressing that we remember what our history is made of as well as attempts to inspire us to be better citizens of America. He also implies that by being so, we as a collective group of patriotic individuals cannot be deterred from our resolve to be better.

“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was expressing in this statement his desires not only for himself, but for the entire American population that he wanted to see America make good on the promises that the founding fathers dreamed of when they created the 2 most important documents this country ever possessed. This is an in your face reference to what was humanly and morally correct and how the country was in disagreement both in law and action of this set of basic rights. Dr. King was fed up, but I believe instead of writing angrily, he channeled that anger into a well penned griviance that spoke volumes to the conditions of that time as well as in the present time.

Resources

Kennedy, J. F. (1961, January 20). Inaugural address. Presidential inauguration, Washington, DC.

King, M. L., Jr. (1963, August 28). “I have a dream” speech. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.


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