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Body Language (Gestures)

Body Language (Gestures)

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Body Language (Gestures):
Facial expressions and hand gestures-Our face is the most visually expressive part of our body. There are six universal facialexpressions:-Happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger and distrust. Each of theexpressions is accompanied with a combination of recognisable gestures. After theface, the hands are the most expressive part of our body. We use them to reinforceour speech or on occasions even as its replacement.Palm Gestures-(i) Open palm--> The open palm gesture indicates truth, sincerity, trustworthiness andagreement. For example, the palm is held in the air when testifying in a court of law orplaced on a Holy Book while bearing witness.* There are two basic palm positions-the palm facing upward and the palm facingdownward. In the upward-facing position, a person may be asking for something, as inthe case of a beggar, and in the downward-facing position, he may be trying to holddown or constrain something ** When a person wishes to be totally sincere and truthful, he hold out one or bothpalms (exposed) to the other person and conveys his desire to be frank with him ** A child may hide his palms behind him when he is not telling or hiding something ** A husband, trying to explain his wife why he was coming so late at night, may eitherhold his palms together or have them in his pockets; the hidden palms indicating to thewife that he is withholding the truth ** A sharp salesman, noting a customer's open palm gesture, will understand that thecustomer is genuinely not interested in his product *Palm Power Gestures-There are three main palm command gestures- palm-up, palm-down, palm closed-finger-pointed position.* The palm-up position signifies submission, a non-threatening gesture. The palm-downposition denotes authority and depending upon the relationship between a worker and

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