Explain How Watching A Movie From Another Country Might Help You Prepare To Interpret Nonverbal Behavior From That Culture Correctly?


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• Non verbal behavior
Non verbal behavior is also called non verbal communication and is understood by sending and receiving messages that do not use language. This can occur through gestures, posture, touch, eye contact and facial expressions.

It is also possible to communicate through other forms of behavior such as clothing and other artifacts like makeup and jewelry.

• Culture
Humans have much in common, such as having to deal with biological issues like finding a mate, having children, finding food; and social issues like having successful working lives and understanding the complexities of social behavior.

Over the years different groups of people have learned to adapt to their surroundings and deal with these issues in a way that has become totally their own: Their culture. This guides them in what are acceptable ways to behave and passes down through generations.

Because non verbal behavior plays such a major part in communication, it follows that it is used in all cultures.

• Non verbal behavior in movies
Non verbal behavior and communication is often used in movies as a subtle way of conveying something both to other characters in the movie, and to the audience. It is vital, therefore that the audience can understand the implication behind the gesture or look.

It also stands to reason that movies will use the culture of their audience so that full understanding and pleasure will be got.

This means that watching a movie that is based on a culture other than our own, we can watch the non verbal communication that is going on between the actors and see how the characters respond to it. This will be able to give us a better understanding of what is important to other cultures; what they value and what their responses are likely to be in a given situation.

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