Nonverbal Behavior and the Regulation of Everyday Life

  • Richard Heslin
  • Miles L. Patterson
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


One of the major tasks of any system of interpersonal relations is to insure that people conduct their interpersonal affairs with a minimum of embarrassment and discomfort. When two people meet, whether for business or pleasure, they are guided both by a shared sense of what is expected in that kind of situation and by the cues emitted by the other person. The behavior of the other person is a necessary clue to exactly how to behave because there is some latitude allowed in the interpretation of any situation. Thus, closing a business deal can be either a “strictly business” transaction or a friendly business one.


Nonverbal Behavior Vocal Characteristic Interpersonal Distance Friendly Business Nonverbal Immediacy 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Heslin
    • 1
  • Miles L. Patterson
    • 2
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriSt. LouisUSA

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