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Meaning and Relationships in a Biological and Cultural Context

Meaning and Relationships in a Biological and Cultural Context
Meaning and relationships in a biological and cultural context

Focus points for note taking when reading this chapter:

  • How far is our relating determined by biology and how far is it created by our culture?
  • How does culture interact with biology in our relationship activity?
  • Everyday conduct is partly verbal and partly nonverbal: consider carefully the role of language and nonverbal body language in your relationships with other people.
  • How does NVC [Nonverbal communication] ‘work’ such things as power, gender and identity into a relationship?
  • How do NVC and language convey our sense of ourselves, our attitudes towards others and our sense of ease (or not) in a relational situation?
  • How does our communication send both relational and content messages?

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