Coding Worksheet

University of Phoenix Material

Verbal and Nonverbal Coding Worksheet

Part A: Nonverbal

Instructions: Respond to each question below in complete sentences with at least 150 words. Include at least one example from the reading materials that supports your position in your response.

1. Is a smile a universal nonverbal form of communication? Why or why not? Provide specific examples in your answer.

Yes a smile is a universal form of nonverbal communication because a smile can mean a multitude of things.   Without having said a word a smile can mean nervousness, happiness, anger, and even sadness.   When smiling other nonverbal cues help to decipher which of the emotions you are trying to express.   Whenever I am sad and smile, the people around me usually know that this is an “I’m hiding my sadness” smile, because of the expression in my eyes, they usually show defeat of some sort.   Now, when I am happy or excited you can see the excitement in all my movements, I will literally be shaking with joy or more apt to being affectionate.   In anger I will clench my fists or actually turn a little redder in the face, but I will smile to let you know not to mess with me in that moment in time, just walk away.   I rarely use my smile in anger, however, I always use it for happiness or sadness.

2. What are some of the ways that you, as an American or an international student, have been taught, or unconsciously learned, to synchronize your nonverbal behaviors?

I used to work in a Detention Center for boys and they taught us how to use nonverbals to communicate with the kids as to not escalate problems and to also help defuse any upcoming escalation between us and the kids or the kids against one another.   We have learned when someone is angry they are usually breathing hard, quiet, have their fists balled up, possibly pacing, and/or scrunching their face.   If you are nervous about something you can pacing, sweating a bit, looking around a lot, and/or...