This-essay is a7311042.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION 731104 A large majority of academic higher education focuses very narrowly on verbal-communications --- to the virtual exclusion of an awareness of other channels of communication. Painting, sculptury, photography, ceramics, music, dance, ballet, and athletics are sometimes represented within academic institutions; even though their dominant focus is non-verbal. Yet there seems to be a felt need to legitimize them through verbal analysis and exposition. Verbal communication is clearly regarded by most within academia as the authentic way to understanding. There is a minority that regards mathematics and higher levels of symbolic analysis as superior to verbal communication and analysis, but their viewpoint is not prevalent. To the newborn infant the dominant channel of communication is physical contact with its mother, the mother willing, that is. Through that channel of communication the mother may communicate the existence of a fail-safe context for exploration. When the child experiences failure, it may return for a reassurance of the existence of the fail-safe context as communicated through touching. There is at the same time verbal language that may be used to communicate this important message. The verbal language, however, is founded upon the more primitive non-verbal means of communicating. It would appear that there are inherited instincts which serve as the basis of a great deal of helpful communication --- all non-verbal. Touching is essential. In our verbal-oriented society there is a pattern of trying to substitute verbal messages for nonverbal messages --- and no where more totally than in academic institutions of higher training. To some this is normal, natural, proper, and the definition of what academic institutions are all about. When academic institutions were the pleasure of the few, rather than the necessity of the many, such a view carried with it only relatively minor natural consequences to society as a whole. What of today? If academic institutions are to serve the needs of a majority of the members of society, can they do so without a greater awareness of non-verbal means of communication? Can science education be improved without regard for the students' dominant modes of communication---when they happen to be non-verbal? 'Tis food for meditation. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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