Nonverbal Communication in First Impression Formation: The Relationship of Proxemics and Kinesics to Interpersonal Perception Processes in the U.S. Navy.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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This thesis reviews the literature in the field of nonverbal communications, with the major emphasis being placed on first impression formation, particularly in the Navy setting. The social situation is examined as it affects nonverbal communication. The areas of nonverbal communication reviewed are proxemics and kinesics. The thesis concludes that managers may be able to form more accurate first impressions by using the information provided. Increased awareness and attention to the subtle implications of race, color, sex, and the social situation may increase human understanding of nonverbal behavior, thus making interpersonal relations more enjoyable and productive.
- Sociology and Law