Below is my newest article on semiotics and nonverbal communication. Of course the 'spin' from the mediation and the conflict resolution perspective is, in order to be effective at helping and guiding parties who are involved in conflicts and disputes, we must be cognitive of all the elements that exist.
Using, for example the wheel (or circle) of conflict helps you as the professional prepare and then work with the parties to identify all the issues. Using semiotics helps ensure that all the elements are identified, and thus helps you help them as best as you can.
I often explain, for me, the most effective way to fully understand all the nonverbal communication elements present during a situation is through semiotics, specifically social semiotic analysis. I describe the social semiotic approach to nonverbal communication as pulling back the veil of ambiguity of nonverbal communication cues and elements by making what is implicit explicit- connecting the micro cues (specific gestures and movements) with macro cues (rapport, empathy, professionalism, etc.)
Read the rest of my newest article at Semionaut.net [HERE].