Communication is a way of transferring message that happens with or without words. Communication can occur both with and without verbs where this is referred to as verbal and non-verbal.
The non-verbal at this moment includes various methods of transferring message. This includes using proxemics, kinesics, hepatics, and eye contact among others.
When it comes to verbal, the methods of transferring message would involve speaking, writing, detonating, and using tone and volume among others.
In most cases, both verbal and non-verbal communications are used in parallel to generate the anticipated outcome. As with the cultural understanding, there is a broad rooting of nonverbal communications. Most theories of communication, however, deal mainly with verbal message (Mishra, 2016).
Definition of Verbal Communication
Verbal communication can be defined as an auditory communication with words.
Most of the time, it is a two way of either one-on-one or written by using language as a means.
A good example of improvised verbal communication is with the phone technology. This is where people are allowed to communicate but within a distance. What matters most with the oral communication is the way one can put his tone and volume of the spoken word.
In the same way, ignition and implication are an added advantage as they usually send the anticipated meaning of the message. It is, therefore, crucial that the right words are chosen according to the condition.
Since verbal communications are differentiating in symbols and meaning, there are high chances it might fail in inter-cultural situations. Majorly, verbal communication can be used to impart knowledge. This is because words are always powerful as compared to gestures and visuals. For this reason, it can be used in various ways such as in relationships by expressing feelings, showing creativity and in a social situation.
Definition of Non-Verbal Communication
Nonverbal communication can also be defined as wordless communication. For some reasons, it can be expressed as visual signals since it involves non-verbal ways such as body language, gestures, and facial expression among others.
This form of the passage is quickly noticed and interpreted as opposed to words hence communicating more messages. Also, nonverbal communication has been an interpretation of verbal communication. This is because most of the time it is used to infer the authentication of the oral communication.
Nonverbal communication, therefore, depends on various factors such as culture and place differences, hence there is no specific interpretation. It is much more about expressing closeness and emotions.
For instance, if people hold hands, chances of love expressions are high as opposed to when it is verbal. Nonverbal, therefore, is mainly about modifying speech, replacing speech, and expressing emotions. Also, it can be a good booster in areas of life such as maintaining an interpersonal relationship and perform (Cipoletti, 2017).
Similarities between Verbal and Non-Verbal Communications
Research has it that numerous forms of nonverbal communications of certain culture are seen on birthdays. This is precisely when human assigns symbolic values of such behaviors which include facial expressions, postures, eye contact, and onomatopoeia among others. A baby can notice household faces and places due to such visual communications. This is because a baby cannot send verbal signals but instead, can log visual communications through her sensory systems.
Despite the slight differences between verbal and non-verbal communications, there is no much inconsistency in their uses. This is mostly because, for effective communication, it can be achieved by combining both the two types of communications. By a closer look, it appears that one cannot exist without the other. For instance, reacting to a hot surface and saying it is hot. Non-verbal communication has an extensive role in communication. Such functions include reinforcement, substitution, contradiction, accentuation, and regulation. According to research, both these forms of communication are mostly learned and not inborn.
In summary, the most brilliant similarity between both these ways of communications is that they both deal with transferring and receiving information. In addition to that, none of them, verbal and non-verbal communication, are not connected to the brain. It, therefore, indicates that in both situations, it is the perceptual processing that resolves the amount of information that the brain receives for further thought. Verbal communication, however, requires that notification is well sent for there to be communication. For instance, oral communication needs both visual and hearing. This is because hearing, in this case, is accomplished by viewing hence the brain understands well.
Author: Dr. Howard Fields
Dr. Howard is a Clinical Psychologist and a Professional Writer and he has been partnering with patients to create positive change in their lives for over fifteen years. Dr. Howard integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each patient.