December 9, 2022

How Technology Has Affected Family Communication

The modern world is filled with technology; it’s everywhere. Most Americans (97%) now own a mobile phone, according to the Pew Research Center, with most children (94%) ages 3 to 18 having access to the internet via a smartphone or computer, according to the Erikson Institute. Furthermore, Common Sense Media, in a national survey conducted […]

What is Vocalics in Communication?

Paralanguage, also known as vocalics, is a component of meta-communication that may modify meaning, give nuanced meaning, or convey emotion, by using techniques such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation, etc. Paralanguage may be expressed consciously or unconsciously. The definition of “vocalics” is the use of non-verbal cues to enhance verbal communication. This includes tonality, pitch, […]

Does Reverse Psychology Really Work?

The phrase was coined by Joseph Jastrow in his book “You can hypnotize yourself” (1918) when referring to the technique of “suggesting the opposite.” He writes, “By encouraging their [persons under hypnotic trance] confusions they may be led to do what you will them to do, but…it is often advisable, in dealing with these negative […]