Sample Psychology Essays on Nonverbal Cafeteria and Reflection Activity

Nonverbal cues also known as body language is the use of facial expression and other gestures to communicate. Nonverbal cues are passed subconsciously and usually pass strong messages. They can pass hidden messages like a person’s personality, attitude and feelings. This paper analyzes nonverbal cues from 3 people in a cafeteria.

 

Worksheet—Nonverbal Cafeteria Activity

Person Being Observed: ____________Raymond Trever________________________

Where and When Observed: _________Sips Specialty Coffee House _____________

(Please use the back of this worksheet if necessary to share correct perceptions/reactions)

Characteristic                Initial Perception     Correct Perception and Reactions

Age

 

25 – 30 years 35 years. He looked younger and energetic I was surprised to know his real age.
Romantic Relationship Status Married Dating. He was so composed and neat, he paid no attention to the ladies.
Profession Information Technology(IT) Medicine. He looked stylish and Porsche like an IT person
Type of Vehicle s/he drives

 

Jeep BMW, he appeared muscular to me like someone who would enjoy a more masculine car.
Favorite Sport to be fan of or to play Soccer Soccer I got it.
Preference…

dogs or cats

Dogs Dogs. He appeared to enjoy dog walks
Faith preference (protestant, Jewish, atheist…) Protestant Protestant. He had a rosary ring
A neat or messy person? Neat Neat. He had was  well groomed
Preference…

Drama or comedy films

Comedy Comedy. He was lively and appeared like someone who would enjoy to laugh
Likes or dislikes being around young children Likes Likes. He was so lively
Has siblings? Yes No. He was too social for someone who grew up alone
Enjoys reading just for fun? No Yes. I did not expect this.
Political preferences? None None. He looked too busy for politics
Drinks alcohol socially? Yes Yes. He appeared like an outgoing person
Comfortable talking about this project? Yes Yes. He was very welcoming.

 

 

Worksheet—Nonverbal Cafeteria Activity

Person Being Observed: _______________Sampson_ Edmond_________________________

Where and When Observed: _________Ginger Beard Coffee _____________

(Please use the back of this worksheet if necessary to share correct perceptions/reactions)

Characteristic                Initial Perception     Correct Perception and Reactions

 

 

Age 27 – 35 years 30 years. He looked young and physically fit
Romantic Relationship Status Dating Single. He looked like a flirty boyfriend
Profession Accounting Accounting. His poise was that of an accountant
Type of Vehicle s/he drives Sports Car None, he had expensive and stylish fashion. I was surprised he was not driving, accountants have a way of making financial sacrifices
Favorite Sport to be fan of or to play Soccer Soccer .He was reading a sports newspaper
Preference…

dogs or cats

Dogs Dogs. He appeared to enjoy dog walks
Faith preference (protestant, Jewish, atheist…) Atheist Protestant. He appeared like the modern carefree man who does not believe in religion.
A neat or messy person? Neat Neat. He had  groomed properly
Preference…

Drama or comedy films

Comedy Comedy. He was lively and joked about
Likes or dislikes being around young children Likes Likes. He was so lively
Has siblings? Yes Yes. He was social and engaging
Enjoys reading just for fun? No No .He was perusing through the paper briefly and only on specific pages
Political preferences? Democrat Democrat. He looked like it.
Drinks alcohol socially? Yes Yes. He looked like a very outgoing person
Comfortable talking about this project? Yes Yes. He was welcoming.

 

 

Worksheet—Nonverbal Cafeteria Activity

Person Being Observed: _______________Anna Adkins ________________

Where and When Observed: _________Orangeries Cafes _____________

(Please use the back of this worksheet if necessary to share correct perceptions/reactions)

Characteristic                Initial Perception     Correct Perception and Reactions

Age 25 – 30 years 28 years. She was so composed and confident to be any younger.
Romantic Relationship Status Single Married. She looked like a busy career woman.
Profession Information Business Business. She just looked like one in her trousers suit.
Type of Vehicle s/he drives Sedan Range Rover. She looked like she would not want to go for anything that calls for attention.
Favorite Sport to be fan of or to play None Soccer. I was surprised she looked too busy for any sport.
Preference…

dogs or cats

Cats Cats. She looked motherly and cuddly
Faith preference (protestant, Jewish, atheist…) Protestant Atheist. She appeared spiritual to me because of her calm and humble poise.
A neat or messy person? Very Neat Very Neat. Her hair and nails were neatly done.
Preference…

Drama or comedy films

Drama films Drama films. She was keen and attentive to her surrounding which means she likes to be up-to-date with social norms and drama films offer that.
Likes or dislikes being around young children Likes No. I thought all ladies do like children.
Has siblings? Yes Yes. She was social and engaging
Enjoys reading just for fun? Yes Yes. She was reserved like an introvert, most introverts enjoy books more than socializing.
Political preferences? Republican None. With her confidence I was surprised she had no interest in politics
Drinks alcohol socially? Yes Yes. Being a business lady she must be having a lot of networking occasions
Comfortable talking about this project? No Slightly. She was reserved and did not want to say much

 

This exercise has taught me that nonverbal communication gives out a lot of information but it may not be enough without verbal confirmation. It is therefore good to confirm any nonverbal message before making conclusions. This will help eradicate misunderstandings and give the other party a chance to express themselves without feeling judged. Some nonverbal cues may pass a contradicting message from the verbal message such as facial expressions. It is therefore advised to always be keen of the nonverbal message you pass along. Although nonverbal cues are used subconsciously, one can learn the right cues through deliberate practice.

The activity was hard initially I did not know how to approach people and I was afraid I might get a bad reaction from the subjects. The exercise has helped me build on confidence and skills on how to create a rapport .Although two people turned me down, I was glad the exercise was a success. I have learnt to not always base my perception of people on the nonverbal message I get as it may not always be right.