They also found other turning points associated to some degree with physical space, often discussed as a form of nonverbal communication.
In particular, their participants identified physical separation (e.g., vacations, overseas trips) and living together as relational turning points. (2004) likewise found that increases or decreases in geographical distance constitute turning points in a range of relational types.
That is, one or more nonverbal cues may function to alter something in a relationship—or at least within the minds of the partners to that relationship—quickly and saliently.
Our analyses revealed that judgments of the behavior/event’s valence correlated positively with judgments of their relationship, the other person, and themselves, suggesting that the affective judgment of a nonverbal turning point event may have strong implications for other important judgments.
Vocal cues seemed to be involved in events that were labeled more negatively, and touch was a cue in events labeled more positively.
This paper investigates reports of transformative nonverbal behaviors: cues that act as important interactional triggers for a change in or between people in a relationship.
To explore such behaviors, we asked participants to report on any situation in which they recalled one or more nonverbal cues that they or others used and that changed something for them.
The concurrence of so many related constructs suggests the importance of change in the relational context and provides epistemological backing for further investigation.
Researchers who study turning points in relationships have been concerned primarily with identifying the types of events (e.g., an argument, a change in marital status) that create marked changes within particular relationship types, such as romantic (Dailey, Rossetto, Mc Cracken, Jin, & Green, 2012), family (Poulos, 2012), friendships (Becker et al., 2009), and teacher-student relationships (Docan-Morgan, 2011; Docan-Morgan & Manusov, 2009).
Finally, eye behaviors were consistently a part of events that were reported to result in changes in perception. *Corresponding author at: Communication Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 4231 Centennial Hall, La Crosse, WI 54601, United States.
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In support of this, Chartrand and Bargh (1999), for example, found that synchrony of two people’s nonverbal cues can create more liking for one another.