Nonverbal Observation

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NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION
On September 12, 2008, I observed two people; Person A and Person B. The observation took place at Applebee’s, a local restaurant, beginning at 7:21 p.m. and ending observation at 8:06 p.m. I was serving their table for the evening, enabling myself to observe them closely. The restaurant had died down from the dinner rush, leaving them one of three tables in the smoking section, normally filled with eight. Along with the outside light fading, the lighting indoors was dim, making the dining experience feel more quiet and intimate. The background noise was filled with a light roar of other group’s conversations, and a jazz station played quietly from the speakers overhead.
OBSERVATION OF PERSON A
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She was very touchy, always reaching for, or holding, Person A’s hand. I translated these nonverbal cues to show her affection for Person A. As was with Person A, Person B also had little need for personal space. Upon walking to the table, she had her arms wrapped around Person A’s waist. I also noticed this same behavior when leaving the restaurant. A similar nonverbal observation was made with Person B’s posture. She seemed to be leaning over the table the majority of the time, rather than sitting back in her seat. I saw this as her wanting to be as close to Person A as possible. Her posture, along with her lack of personal space, and touchy actions, shows that she cares for Person A.
Person B’s eye contact was not as intense as that of Person A’s. Person B would always look at Person A when he was talking, but the contact was not as prolonged as Person A’s was towards Person B. I found that Person B would look around at her surroundings more and did not seem as involved with the conversation at all times like Person A. I could tell, however, that she did care for and enjoyed being around Person A.
Person B had a soft, high pitched voice. She giggled quite often. She spoke concretely with well thought out sentences. Person A seemed to be doing most of the talking, leaving Person B listening for the majority of the dinner. This may be one reason why her eye contact would

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