Power, Dominance, and Nonverbal Behavior: Basic Concepts and Issues

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Authors: Ellyson, Steve L.; Dovidio, John F.
Editors: Ellyson, Steve L.; Dovidio, John F.
Year of Publication: 1985
Book Title: Power, Dominance, and Nonverbal Behavior
Pagination: 1–27
Publisher: Springer New York
City: New York, NY
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 978-1-4612-5106-4

Nonverbal behavior, defined simply, is behavior that is not part of formal, verbal language. In psychological terms, nonverbal behaviors generally refer to facial expressions, body movements, and eye, hand, and feet behaviors that have some significance in social interaction. Philosophers, poets, and writers have long been aware of nonverbal messages—messages communicated without spoken words: “The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes without speaking confess secrets of the heart” (St. Jerome); “Each of our gestures carries the weight of a commitment” (Satre); “For a touch I yield” (Tennyson).

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4612-5106-4_1
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