The role of Patch Adams was portrayed by one of the most revered actors of contemporary times, Robin Williams, known for his wit and genuine love for humor. The modes of communication used in the movie would be discussed and evaluated in the light of theories of both verbal and nonverbal communication, used as an integral and critical part of the healing process of patients.
The development of language as a means of communication has enhanced the growth of interrelationships with people all over the world. Language facilitated the replacement and expression of behavior with concrete and concise messages. There is little doubt that language – the ability to communicate with words, whether in speech, writing, or signing – is one of the attributes that make one human, perhaps the most basic one.
In any organized system, whether in business, politics, the academe, or in health care, the influence of theoretical perspectives in communication has evolved from a simple framework to the complex structure we have today. The development of communication theories opened a whole spectrum of information which enhanced the interaction and interrelationships among people from diverse walks of life.
According to Delaune & Ladner (2006, 270), communication is the “process of transmitting thoughts, feelings, facts, and other information” through verbal or non-verbal means. Verbal messages are messages communicated with the use of words and language. These messages can either be spoken or written. Non verbal communication, on the other hand, is the process of transmitting messages without words, that is, through body language (Delaune & Ladner, 2006, 275). Non verbal communication is usually understood as the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless messages.
In another study conducted by Stuart & Laraia (2001), communication was described as having prominent