Ask the Expert With Dr. Stephen Furlich by Dr. Ava Cadell

May 01, 2024

Dr. Stephen Furlich, a seasoned communication expert with over two decades of university-level teaching and research, has always delved beyond the ordinary to understand the essence of human interaction. Through diverse communication courses and innovative research endeavors, he's explored how to foster better understanding among individuals. Dr. Furlich's teaching philosophy prioritizes applying knowledge to everyday life, both personally and professionally.

His unique communication approach centers on appreciating both the speaker's and listener's viewpoints, particularly as differences emerge between them. Passionate about leveraging scientific progress to unravel communication intricacies, he's inspired by the intersection of technology and understanding. This curiosity led him to pen "Sex Talk," an exploration uniting diverse scientific studies to illuminate biology's role in gender communication. 

Based on Years of Research and Teaching, A Best-Selling Author of Breakthrough Books Shows Us How To Communicate Better!

Sex Talk: How Biological Sex Influences Gender Communication Differences Throughout Life's Stages & Nonverbal Epiphany: Steps to Improve Your Nonverbal Communication 

Available on Amazon.com

Dr. Furlich was recently interviewed by One America News Network, has been published in numerous journals, including: Texas Speech Communication Journal, Kentucky Journal of Communication, The Florida Communication Journal, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, and Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

On his website www.drstephenfurlich.com, he shares:

 Ten Life Lessons:

  1. All nonverbal communication starts in the brain.
  2. A person's biology can influence their nonverbal communication.
  3. Nonverbal communication can influence a person's biology.
  4. Do not rely on only one nonverbal behavior for analysis.
  5. Some nonverbal behaviors are universal.
  6. Some nonverbal behaviors are learned through culture.
  7. It takes knowledge about nonverbal communication deception to accurately determine other people's false communication.
  8. A person can learn to influence others through nonverbal communication.
  9. A person can learn to recognize and understand the subtle nonverbal behaviors of others.
  10. Learning nonverbal communication is improved through active practice!

And Ten Scientific Conclusions: 

  1. All communication starts in the brain. 
  2. There are brain structural sex differences in areas that are responsible for communication. 
  3. Sex hormones influence gender communication, sometimes even more so than brain structures or society.
  4. Gender communication differences impact mental and physical health.
  5. Gender communication differences are evident early in life. These differences change as sex hormones and other biologicals factors change throughout one's life.
  6. Communication, behaviors, and emotional feelings all can be observed to gain insight into hormone levels.
  7. Gender communication differences impact all areas of life, which include relationships, family, hobbies, parenting, workplace etc.
  8. Artificially induced hormonal changes long-term effects are unknown.
  9. Gender communication differences should be understood both when sending and receiving messages.
  10. More knowledge on a topic is better than less.

Dr. Furlich also answers questions about his books and years of research on his website that are riveting, https://www.drstephenfurlich.com/q-and-a 

Watch Dr. Stephen Furlich on Ask the Expert with Dr. Ava Cadell