Aspects of Nonverbal Communication
It is within the interventions and exchanges directly concerned with psychosocial support that patients often dare to reveal the many issues of nonverbal communication which increase their difficulties in dealing with cancer and the various treatment situations. For, rightly or wrongly, some cringe at the infringements on their personal space or the sterility of the clinical environment; some feel intimidated and/or baffled by the double messages of body language; some fear and mistrust the eye expressions of care givers; but most of these patients argue within themselves that they should be able to cope with such adversities and not let them have such impact, while, on the other hand, care givers often tend to think of themselves as experts at interpreting nonverbal messages from their patients and family but frequently are oblivious of their own.
KeywordsNonverbal Communication Psychosocial Support Care Giver Body Language Personal Space
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