HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Nonverbal Communication Prompt #3

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Touching is a touchy subject (hahahaha terrible pun)! In all seriousness though, touching in the 21st century is a complex situation. I personally am comfortable with touching (appropriately). Out of all the things that I can say, the most important thing to remember is that touching should be appropriate. Meaning depending on who you are with you should know where your boundaries are.

I often use touching throughout my day. I mostly just give out a handshake and a bro hug and hug here and there depending on the person. I do not think that if I used more touching throughout my day that it would help my communication skills because I rely more on verbal communication that non verbal. Understanding the purpose of touch is also another important concept to learn. There are many functions to touch. To reinforce a greeting, or a feeling of attraction, or just friendliness. You want to be able to know when to use these types of touches in an appropriate setting. Usually, a touch that reaffirms a greeting is best used in a professional setting. A handshake is the most common type of greeting in a profession setting. Between friends, depending on the level of friendship that you have with them you can either hug or do a combination of a handshake and a hug or something completely different that you are comfortable with. Touches of attraction, such as kissed or a fondle is most important between people who have a mutual attraction to each other. You should never approach someone that you don’t know and try this type of touch.

Author: musicstar98

I love music, video games, and Japan!

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