Non-Verbal Communication and Culture

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People act in different ways depending on how they were raised-according to their culture in other words. This also means that their use of verbal and non-verbal communication is affected by their culture which is the different ways in which people behaves, acts or think towards themselves, families and other people in society or simply a set of values and assumptions that are shared by people. It needs not said that the use of non-verbal ways of communicating are directly linked to ones culture hence the conclusion non-verbal communication is culturally bound and culture biased. Non verbal-communication, which involves all external stimuli other than the use of the written or spoken Sword, involves among other things the use of colour, use of space, touching, gift giving and time in conveying a message.
The use of colour in communicating is widely used nowadays but its use started a long time ago. For instance, we grew up with the notion that the red colour means danger and that black is associated with darkness. Colours nowadays are used by manufacturers of says pesticides to warn users of the effectiveness of the poison. In communication by colour, colour tells us about people and their culture. They use red to denote a dangerous chemical. At funerals moaners wear black conveying a message of the unpleasant and disheartening death of a loved one. White is associated with purity hence its use at weddings with the bride wearing a wide gown to send the message of her purity and the purity nature of the pleasant event. These uses were not invented but were just copied from our forefathers who taught each one of us either indirectly or directly. No one told me directly for instance about the colour red and its meaning but naturally I was scared of the colour and anyone wearing it because I associated it with blood and to add to it our elders were always against us…...

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