THE SCIENCE OF GENDERED NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION

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THE SCIENCE OF GENDERED NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION

 

Table of Contents

THE SCIENCE OF GENDERED NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION.. 2

Introduction. 2

Gesturing. 2

Facial expressions. 3

Touching. 4

Woman to woman communication. 4

Man to man communication. 4

Communication between both genders. 5

Hierarchical Alpha View.. 5

Conclusions. 6

Gender conformity. 6

Social construction. 6

REFERENCES. 8

 

 

 

THE SCIENCE OF GENDERED NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Introduction

Non verbal cues are often used to communicate some innate feelings that the individual maybe experiencing.  Understanding non verbal cues is necessary towards ensuring sufficient and positive human interaction. However, mastering the non verbal cues in itself is difficult, since this form of communication though direct is also ambiguous. The resulting miscommunication can often be due to differences in communication patterns and especially where the individual passing the message and the individual receiving the message are of different genders. There have been several attempts to describe and understand gender communication. According to (Manusov and Patterson 2006), majority of scholars defies gender communication as the expressions applied by one gender when attempting to pass on a message in heir relationships.   For several decades, researchers have been interested in mastering the distinguishable differences in non verbal communication among the genders. The results however, have often drawn conflicting views with few agreements in between. Whereas some scholars hold onto the view that differences in non verbal communication are due to biological differences, others insist that the same differences are as a result of social upbringing and psychological structuring.

Gesturing

From the data gathered, majority of the women often turned to hand gestures as a form of non verbal communication. This is in occurrence with many studies and assumptions, where women are found to involve hand gestures in their conversations. Men on the other hand are much lower in terms of hand gestures that is only 34% of the men are found to have expressive hand gestures. Furthermore, women tend to have more detailed and structured hand gestures as opposed to the men. The collection of hand gestures are more, they include a variation of messages and are applied in various environments. Even when unaware, women tend to apply more hand gestures. Men on the other hand are more restrained, often turning to other forms of expressions.

For the social learner scholars the use of hand gestures can easily be attributed to the fact that women seem more open and outgoing. Further, from traditional times women have often been suppressed in communication and have therefore had to rely more on the non-verbal cues. On the other hand, hand gestures as used by men are often found to be too emotional. In addition, they .............


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