Nonverbal Communication in Clinical Contexts

  • Arnstein Finset
  • Lidia Del Piccolo


Nonverbal communication is a basic phenomenon, an important aspect of behavior, literally from the very first day of life. Nonverbal communication can be conveyed through gesture and touch, by body movements and posture, by facial expression and eye contact, as well as by such as clothing and hairstyle. Speech contains nonverbal elements known as paralanguage, including voice quality, emotion, and speaking style, as well as prosodic features such as rhythm, intonation, and stress. In psychotherapy nonverbal communication represents valuable information for both the patient and the therapist, influencing the therapeutic alliance.


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  1. 1.Department of Behavioural Sciences in MedicineUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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