Male vs Female Communication

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Nonverbal communication is a very interesting aspect of communication. What is nonverbal communication? “Nonverbal communication includes all aspects of communication other than words”(Wood 2013). In my opinion nonverbal communication is more interesting than verbal communication. Sometimes someone does something nonverbally purely out of instinct that tells us more than anything verbal could.

Over the past couple of days I have been watching how people interact and trying to make mental notes of their nonverbal communication. Most of my observations come from the workplace. The first subject I want to touch base upon is the difference between nonverbal communication between men and women. For example the polite thing to do when you see a coworker for the first time for the day is to greet them. I noticed that the way I and my male co workers greet each other is different than I or them greet female co workers. More often than not when I greet a male co worker I say something along the lines of “hey how’s it going” and shake their hands. When I greet a female coworker I usually say the same thing but the handshake is absent.

Another difference between male/female nonverbal communication I’ve noticed is the “head nod” versus the smile. Usually when I pass a male coworker in the back room I give him a slight head nod to acknowledge them. The difference when I see a female coworker is instead of the head nod we usually just exchange a friendly smile.

To me, the most interesting aspect of nonverbal communication is the negative communication. Over the years negative nonverbal communication has caused me a number of problems and I’m sure I’m not the only one. What I mean by negative nonverbal communication is the tone of your voice, rolling your eyes, giving dirty looks, etc.. I can’t even begin to count how many times I heard “it’s not what you said, it’s the…...

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