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Old 08-12-2019, 09:23 PM   #1
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I have asked, I have recently become interested in synergology and I have difficulty understanding this:

What is the difference between non-verbal language and non-verbal communication?
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:19 AM   #2
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I think synergology sounds quite interesting. I've surely done less reading on the topic than you, but I have thought about it a lot in the past. I notice a difference in the amount of non verbal communication from person to person and culture to culture. It's interesting how some is virtually the same across the world, and others not at all.

I do a lot of non verbal communication, or combine it with verbal in various ways. I am not sure of the answer to your question, but my guess is that non verbal language includes gestures or physical non verbal expressions that we (and the recipients) know the exact meaning of through specific learning. We know someone in the same area will know what it means (like waving a certain way means "hello" or a middle finger is a nasty gesture meaning...) I think non verbal communication can include such language, but also physical expressions that are not done deliberately for communication sake, but perhaps beyond our control. For example, tears flowing may show sadness, pain, or even great happiness. Sweating may show anxiety, overwork, or many other things. Heavy breathing also many things. Situation context may be needed.

We may say one thing verbally, but our facial expressions show something else. The latter can be done deliberately or beyond our control. We may use two or more contradictory non verbal signs to mean something else (i.e. giving your sister the middle finger with a big smile on your face to be more of a tease, than angry gesture).

Communication is definitely a fascinating subject!
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Non-verbal language? This is when you communicate a meaning within a conversation. Perhaps you are discussing something and you disagree with it. You might instead of verballizing your disagreement shake your head. Non-verbal language is more literal than Non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is more generalised. It expresses feelings. For example, standing really close to someone indicates your comfort circle is small. This could suggest confidence, a sense of power, or even aggression. It certainly suggests comfortability. Crossing your arms might suggest boredom. Failing to use eye contact and dropping one's head are signs of being shy or disinterested. Tapping a foot or moving about are likely indicators of anxiety.

Non-verbal language and communication actually convey much much more than what we actually say. It is how people qualify those things we say, it is how people make judgement calls on us, it completes the package so-to-speak. You can 'read' a great deal of a person especially by their Non-verbal communication.

Not everyone is skilled at it. Some of this comes naturally to some while some must learn it. For these latter people they can seem awkward which might be off-putting to some. One might speak clearly but without an accompanying body language or communication what they are trying to convey can take on an entirely different meaning. People who find then such actions that don't come easily can have a harder time fitting in.

I have pointed out numerous times that if one feels they don't fit in that they ought to observe in particular the non-verbal communication of those around them. How do people who seem successful with relationships and communication act towards those around them? Similarly it helps to observe the actions of those who aren't successful. Thus, in what ways can an individual model and learn their own positive mannerisms.
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I would guess nonverbal communication is the back and forth we do, but not with words.

The nonverbal language would be (maybe!!!), our specific way of communicate without words.

Like for sure I have a nonverbal language but mostly people knowing me understands it. Other people seem to get it ALL wrong.

I think also a nonverbal language can be cultural. I have seen an Italian woman who spoke my language perfectly, but her gestures were still Italian. And Americans come across to us Scandinavians as.... um.. somewhat crazy, because the difference in nonverbal language. They seem out of control and overly emotional. They might not be, it is just that if a Scandinavian would act like that they would have to be a little nuts. So yeaaaaa, a lot of misunderstandings can happen! I've thought some foreign people were like stalkerish because of their nonverbals. The same goes the other way around, Americans mistake us for being rude and uncaring.
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When it comes down to it I don't think I know that much about nonverbal communication. Body language was never a strong point of mine, I still have difficulty understanding people and their different ticks or movements. The most obvious jester a person could make might evade me entirely and then another movement might be interpreted by me correctly. I might like to point out, I have Asperger's tendencies.
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Body language was never a strong point of mine, I still have difficulty understanding people and their different ticks or movements. The most obvious jester a person could make might evade me entirely and then another movement might be interpreted by me correctly. I might like to point out, I have Asperger's tendencies.
I'm not terribly good at understanding other people's body language, but I'm even worse, much worse, at sending out the "right" signals. Also an aspie. People regularly mistake my anxiety for being calm, my tired for being sad, my sad for being angry and so on.

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