March 2, 2014
Demonstrative Communication Demonstrative communication consists of body language, posture, facial expression, and the tone of voice one uses. Body language can be taken by the receiver as either positive or negative depending on lots of different things. Posture is a big give away on body language. The way one stands when listening or talking can tell either the sender or receiver if they are being demonstrative or not. Facial expressions can be viewed by an individual as either positive or negative. A smile on ones face would normally get a positive response form the receiver. Also if a person has a frown on their face it would be interrupted in a negative way. Someone may see a grin as cocky and arrogant and they would see that in a negative way. The tone of voice that is used when one is talking also has the effect to be positive or negative. According to Yogarajah, “Recent research by social psychologists and others have shown that body language or non-verbal signs play a more important part in human social behavior” (1997). Demonstrative can be effective communication however it also can be ineffective along with positive or negative, both from the sender and receiver.
Demonstrative can be effective because at times based on the people posture or face expression, a person can know if he or she is sincere, genuine, or honest. Facial expressions can tell a lot of how they are, whether they are nonassertive, assertive, or aggressive. So if a sender’s facial expression is smiling and nodding when interviewing for a job, the receiver will take notice and take that into consideration when making a decision for hiring them because they see that as a positive, honest, and effective way that the sender is communicating. The employer will see that as an assertive employee (Cheesebro, O’Connor & Rios, 2010).
Demonstrative communication also can be ineffective and negative because if the their facial expression is sad, and shows no acknowledgement of communication with the receiver, the receiver will take notice and see that as negative, dishonest, and ineffective communicator (Cheesebro, O’Connor & Rios, 2010). Emotions can control body language, facial expressions, and body movements so if he or she is unhappy because they lost their job, the body language, tone, and facial expression is controlled by that emotion that they are feeling, which at that point demonstrative communication is ineffective. The receiver will not know that the sender just lost their job, which can be life changing. However the receiver will only take notice of the body language, facial expression, and tone that he or she is sending to them. So it is always best to make sure that emotions are under control because the more control he or she has over them, the more control he or she will have over their body language, facial expressions, and tone.