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Linda Tickle-Degnen

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 20: Nonverbal Behavior and its Functions in the Ecosystem of Rapport

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Nonverbal Behavior and its Functions in the Ecosystem of Rapport
Nonverbal behavior and its functions in the ecosystem of rapport

The term rapport is used to indicate a meaningful human experience of close and harmonious connection that involves common understanding (Compact Oxford English Dictionary, 2005), and being in rapport with someone requires mutual responsiveness to intention, attitude, and affect (Park & Burgess, 1924). Rapport is self-affirming, satisfying, and enjoyable for the individual—a desired internal state of optimal experience (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990)—and it involves the experiential bonding of individuals into relationship with one another. This bonding sustains mutual involvement in single interactions of short duration as well as across repeated interactions over extended periods of time.

Author's Note: This chapter was supported in part by Grant No. NS048059 from ...

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