Power, Dominance, and Nonverbal Behavior: Basic Concepts and Issues

  • Steve L. Ellyson
  • John F. Dovidio
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


Nonverbal behavior, defined simply, is behavior that is not part of formal, verbal language. In psychological terms, nonverbal behaviors generally refer to facial expressions, body movements, and eye, hand, and feet behaviors that have some significance in social interaction. Philosophers, poets, and writers have long been aware of nonverbal messages—messages communicated without spoken words: “The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes without speaking confess secrets of the heart” (St. Jerome); “Each of our gestures carries the weight of a commitment” (Satre); “For a touch I yield” (Tennyson).


Facial Expression Nonhuman Primate Dominance Relation Nonverbal Behavior Nonverbal Communication 
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