Emotional Communication

Emotional communication is what is more commonly and incorrectly referred to as body language. Bucchi (1995) outlined three levels of communication. The first level is speech. Speech processes under conscious awareness. That is, when we are speaking we are generally consciously aware that we are speaking. The next level is the nonverbal symbolic speech. This is essentially the sign  language that we all speak. Examples of this would be:: nodding their head, yes; shrugging the shoulders, I don’t know; giving the thumbs up or the middle finger. All these gestures have symbolic meaning but are expressed nonverbally. This level of communication sometimes processes within our practice awareness but also processes outside our conscious awareness. Because it operates completely outside of conscious awareness. But Bucchi maintained that One could gain conscious awareness of this level of communication with training and practice as actors do.