The Multiple Modes of Human Communication

Non-Fiction - Cultural
360 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2016
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is a pioneering work in the art of communication, a work that is filled with information that will surprise the majority of readers. In a masterful way, Finnegan explores the subtleties of language and communication, going beyond the traditional methods of communication to demonstrate that there are multiple layers of intelligence that allow both humans and animals to interconnect and communicate with each other. The work draws strength from seemingly long years of research into history, traditions, cultures, literature, and anthropology. Finnegan lifts the veil of mystery from the diverse universes and channels of communication that can be found beyond the use of words, sounds, and visual images, to reveal non-verbal and beyond-the-body modes of communication that are stunning.

Ruth Finnegan’s Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication is one of those rare books that will assist linguistic students and students of social anthropology as a splendid reference book, and it will most certainly help anyone to enhance their communication skills and to develop the acute sense of receiving non-verbal messages from anyone. Through dint of research, the author demonstrates that communication can become even easier if we hone the vast array of communication channels that are available to us. Finnegan has so skillfully established herself as an expert in the art of communication, offering readers a work that is as rich and educative as it is entertaining. Her expression is simple and she uses many examples to pass her message across. Beautiful written, laced with surprising facts, this book will help anyone who wants to deepen their communication skills and anyone who wants to easily reach out and connect with others. Finnegan seems to be set on restoring the lost art of communication and is not just a wonderful researcher; she has the gift of putting into words what can be very difficult to understand. This book will enrich the lives of many people.

JJ Phillips

Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is a non-fiction book about the way we communicate with one another. Human communication and interaction is a fascinating topic, and Finnegan covers it well. She suggests that communication is not limited to words or visual images. We can communicate more than just through mass media, social media, or other digital means. What if we could use our multi-sensory qualities of sounds, sight, and touch to create a connection with animals? What if we could communicate across the long and strange divides of space and time? Through many references to different historical time periods, cultural, and social settings, Finnegan asks the reader to think of communication in a different way. Picture the art of Shakespeare. Imagine further back to the Greeks and their teachings and traditions. Or the oral traditions in African countries. All of this is used to illuminate to the reader what communication really is, and how far we still have to go before we better understand it.

Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication is a very interesting and educational book that made me really think about the way I understood the art of communicating. Finnegan does a really nice job of including examples of different time periods, genres, and different parts of the world to relate to many people. She has a passion for this subject that comes out on the page and made me want to learn as much as I could about the subject as well. This is such an interesting topic that is very well written. It could change the way people think about communicating forever.

Tracy A. Fischer

In a well researched, interesting and highly educational work by author Ruth Finnegan, Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication is a book that any reader who is interested in the way people interact with each other should absolutely read. Author Ruth Finnegan explores more than communication by speech in this great work; she delves into communication types such as visual images, mass media and digital communication. Non verbal communication, western and non-western styles, and even animal communication are checked out. Readers will find great value and insight into how we express emotions, thoughts, feelings and the way others perceive how we are putting those communications out into the world.

I so, so enjoyed Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication. Author Ruth Finnegan is an absolute treasure in this area of research, and her work is both fascinating and thought provoking. Readers will be educated and entertained while reading this book, and will find themselves marking up the pages, sure that they will find much to come back and refer to later. I highly recommend Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication to any reader looking for a book that will help them to better understand the way we as humans interact with each other. I look forward to reading much more from the highly talented author Ruth Finnegan in the very near future, and hope she is hard at work on another one of her fantastic works already!