The Multiple Modes of Human Communication

Non-Fiction - Cultural
360 Pages
Reviewed on 01/31/2016
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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite

Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is an excellent book about how communication works for humans, different ways it came about, and ways it can be improved or expanded upon in going forward. I have always been intrigued by concepts like this, and it was fascinating getting a sense of what happens when people communicate, things like Tactile Communication, the social norms that go into communication, and what is expected in a general interaction with another human being. We've been able to overcome so much as a species because of our ability to communicate effectively.

There are also discussions of slightly more controversial topics, like Telepathy, but it's incredibly refreshing to see fringe science compiled along with a textbook so that it doesn't feel as much like a textbook from the fifties that people are terrified to update. It's very easy to read and the author takes a personable approach to explanation that will make it possible for anyone to understand the topics being covered. I think everyone would find value here, whether studying for a class or just brushing up on an interesting topic that they would like to pursue further.

I have always been interested in things like this, so I especially enjoyed the sections about fiction and dreaming. There is so much that goes into communication, and I think this is an excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand more about how communication came about and what goes into it. Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is a great introduction to the topic and highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about how communication works.

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!