Communication is a way of expressing or transmitting information and ideas between one individual to the other. There are different forms of communication that include verbal communication which involves the use of oral or written messages. There is also non-verbal or demonstrative communication that involves the use of unwritten and nonverbal signs to express thoughts. In demonstrative communication, information can be shared through facial expressions, body language or the tone of voice. An example of demonstrative communication is using eye contact to deliver a message to another person. This form of communication expresses different meaning by substituting, contradicting or even by reinforcing verbal communication. Also, demonstrative is used to regulate and influence conversational flow. Accordingly, the paper will explore demonstrative communication and several different types of this form of communication. Also, the paper will discuss the effectiveness of demonstrative communication.
Non-verbal communication involves the use of gestures to convey a message, however, this form of communication is hard to pin down with precision. One might think that it is easy to understand what another person’s gesture means, but one has to be cautious when interpreting gestures. Demonstrative communication is often well understood when used with verbal communication, and with this, many people blend demonstrative and verbal messages. For instance, when telling a sad story, people frown or when young children get angry, they jump up and down while screaming. However, it is suggested that demonstrative communication is multifunctional (West & Turner, 2009). To explain this, demonstrative cues are developed to demonstrate the first impression during various occasions. This is because demonstrative signs can send simultaneous messages in conjunction with verbal communication. For example, demonstrative cues are used to express anticipation about an award-winning. Nevertheless, one should pay more attention to demonstrative cues in order to put them in the appropriate context.
Effectiveness of Demonstrative Communication
Demonstrative communication can be effective or ineffective, it all depends on how the message is conveyed. In day-to-day life, people use demonstrative communication and can be perceived by the audience to either be effective or ineffective. For demonstrative communication to be effective, the environment in which the communication is carried out is important. Also, to have an effective communication, one has to convey an accurate and precise sign that the receiver understands efficiently. However, demonstrative communication is well understood through taking a multidisciplinary approach. For instance, one has to monitor his or her demonstrative behavior before conversing (West & Turner, 2009). Monitoring oneself is a significant aspect of demonstrative conversation because one becomes conscious about how to converse, the proximity of the audience and also the extent of using silence or touch. Also, self-monitoring can help one maintain the audience’s comfort level by maintaining an appropriate personal space. An audience can feel intimidated if one does not keep an appropriate space.
In many times, the facial expression such as smiling and staring are the most effective form of demonstrative communication. To know how effective demonstrative communication is, one can consider the human face, how one expresses his or her feeling of shock, smiles and scowls towards your message. Facial expressions are similar across all cultures and therefore, they can be understood by everyone. Also one can consider how significant inflection and tone are in a conversation. Furthermore, an intense stare and maintaining a constant eye contact is an effective way to demonstrate sincerity and interest. This can also show that you are a good-listener and self-confident.
Types of Demonstrative Communication
Demonstrative communication is used daily by people whether waving, dressing in a certain way, or by using a certain gesture to communicate with people. This form of communication sometimes expresses what cannot be expressed through verbal communication. For instance, the use of eye roll to express a scorn or disbelief of what someone is saying. However, there are different types of demonstrative communication used by people across cultures like haptics and body language and posture.
Haptics is a form of demonstrative communication that involves the use of touch to express your thoughts. Haptics is commonly used by the infants and young children to express their social I interaction. This form of demonstrative communication can also be used to communicate familiarity, affection as well as sympathy. Also, women are suggested to use haptics to communicate concern, care, and nurturance. Moreover, haptic is used when guiding or giving direction to a person. Different types of haptics are friendship haptic, social haptic, love haptic, and professional haptic among others. When using haptics, one has to be very cautious because touch can be misunderstood, for instance touching someone on a shoulder could mean supportive sign but for others, this could be a sexual advance. When one touches someone especially in workplaces, touching here requires being done in safe places to prevent wrong interpretations from the audience. Furthermore, every message conveyed through haptic can be interpreted by evaluated through the length of touch and also the location touching takes place.
Body Language and Posture
Body language is explained as a form of demonstrative communication that is used to express information about what an individual is thinking or feeling. Body language and posture say more than what is verbally communicated. There are different body movements that convey different messages. For example, regulators are signs such as head nods and expressions of boredom or interest that used to give feedback in a conversation. Regulators are used to showing that one is listening or agreeing with what is said. Adaptors are also a form of body language that includes signs like nail biting or scratching that signifies a psychological need. Adaptor also accompanies the feelings of hostility or uneasiness. Furthermore, various body postures can convey a different message, for instance, open posture where one can be sitting in a friendly position with a relaxed facial expression and facing outward. An open posture is suggested to be more convincing and portrays positivity. Also, there is a closed posture when one sits with arms crossed along the chest, clenching the fists or even hunched position. This posture can express boredom, detachment or even hostility. Other body postures are postural echoing and confident posture. Nevertheless, sometimes body languages can conflict with verbal communication due to misinterpretation.
Demonstrative communication is a way of communicating using signs and gestures. This form of communication comprises of listening and responding in non-verbal skills. Demonstrative communication manifests itself in various forms of body language and posture, touch and even in facial expression. Sometimes culture influences non-verbal behavior as well as the interpretation of this behaviors, for instance, the greetings, personal space, and touching. However, to make demonstrative communication effective, one has to avoid misinterpreting certain non-verbal cues and therefore monitor oneself before interpreting a certain cue.
- West, R. L., & Turner, L. H. (2009). Understanding interpersonal communication: Making choices in changing times. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth.