The Importance of Space in Nonverbal Communication


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When we are communicating immediacy, what point are we trying to make?

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1. When you stretch out across the couch because you don't want anyone else sitting on it, what are you communicating?

2. Which of these terms is another way to describe personal space?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these practice materials to test your knowledge of the importance of space in nonverbal communication. Quiz questions ask you recall what you know about the goal of communicating immediacy, what personal space is defined as, and the equilibrium theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This pair of study materials focus on the following goals:

  • Define personal space
  • Recall the goal of communicating immediacy
  • Understand the purpose of physically taking up seating space around oneself
  • Describe the expectations violation theory
  • Identify what relationship is according to the equilibrium theory

Skills Practiced

Skills available to practice in this quiz and worksheet combination include:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related interpersonal communication lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as personal space and expectations violation theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the equilibrium theory and how it explains a personal relationship

Additional Learning

Learn more about the significance of space in nonverbal communication in the related lesson The Importance of Space in Nonverbal Communication. Lesson objectives include:

  • Recall the definition of nonverbal communication, personal space, and territoriality
  • Explore how people interact with physical space
  • Understand immediacy in nonverbal signals
  • Examine the expectations violation theory and equilibrium theory
  • Understand why people create body buffer zones