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Body Language

Body Language

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Body Language (article)

Body language is an important part of communication which, according to study,
constitutes around 55% of what we are communicating.Body language comes in clusters
of signals and postures, depending on the internal emotions and mental states.
Recognizing a whole bunch is thus far more reliable than trying to interpret individual
elements.Body language is the non-verbal movements we make as a part of how we
communicate, from waving hands to involuntary twitching of facial muscles.

Watch other people and learn to read their body language.

1.Standing with hands on hips
2.Brisk, erect walk
3.Sitting, legs apart
4.Arms crossed on chest
5.Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched
6.Hand to cheek
7.Touching, slightly rubbing nose
8.Rubbing the eye
9.Hands clasped behind back
10.Locked ankles
11.Head resting in hand, eyes downcast
12.Rubbing hands
13.Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed
14.Open palm
15.Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed
16.Tapping or drumming fingers
17.Steepling fingers
18.Patting/fondling hair
19.Tilted head
20.Stroking chin
21.Looking down, face turned away
22.Biting nails
23.Pulling or tugging at ear


2.aggression, Readiness
4.Open, relaxed
7.Evaluation, thinking

8.Rejection, doubt, lying
9.Doubt, disbelief
10.Anger, frustration,
14.Confidence, superiority
15.Sincerity, openness, innocence
16.Negative evaluation
19.Lack of self-confidence; insecurity
21.Trying to make a decision
22.Insecurity, nervousness

People can not live without each other, we are social beings. As soon as we are in contact
with others we are communicating. For this we can make use of spoken and written
language. In these ways we make the content of a message clear to each other. However
we can also communicate without words. This kind of communication tells us something
about the relationship between people. Often this is more important than getting the
content of the message across. The communication about this non spoken
communication, which tells us something about the relationship between people.

When we connect with a person, we also have to make it clear to each other how the
content of a spoken message needs to be interpreted. How we do this says something
about the relationship we have with the other person, or think we have anyway. Often
words are inadequate for this purpose. For instance we do not tell each other that easily
how we feel about each other, or how the words of a message need to be interpreted. To
make the meaning of our words clear we use body language. Body language is a language
without spoken words and is therefore called non verbal communication. We use body
language all the time, for instance looking someone in the eyes means something
different than not looking someone in the eyes. In contact with others it is just not
possible to be not communicating something.

Usually body language occurs unconsciously. Yet the body language we use decides to a
large extent the quality of our communication. It follows that therefore it would be good
to become conscious of our own and others' body language . It is important to note that
body language has different meanings in different cultures. How we can interpret body
language depends on the situation, the culture, the relationship we have with the person
as well as the gender of the other. This means that there is not one signal that has the
same meaning all over the world.

If you do not take this into account you may get yourself in some serious trouble! Body
language is also interlinked with spoken language and a whole pattern of behaviour from

a person. As well as that, various body language signs can complement each other to
make a particular meaning crystal clear or strengthen the meaning of what we

How we come across to someone is decided only for a small part by the words we speak. To leave a good impression behind, it is important that we know, and to a certain extent can control, our body language. The person on the receiving end of our body language will have a feeling or impression that is often difficult to describe - difficult to put into words or difficult to prove what actually was communicated.

Haven't we all said at times: 'I have a feeling he/she likes me', or something like: 'I doubt if what he/she is saying is really the truth'. This type of feeling is called intuition. Body language plays a big role in intuition as it gives us messages about the other person that we can interpret at an intuitive level. It is therefore necessary to get to know our own body language first.

suggestions To Improve Body Language

There is no specific advice on how to use your body language. What you do might be
interpreted in several ways, depending on the setting and who you are talking to. You\u2019ll
probably want to use your body language differently when talking to your boss compared
to when you talk to a girl/guy you\u2019re interested in. These are some common
interpretations of body language and often more effective ways to communicate with
your body.
First, to change your body language you must be aware of your body language. Notice
how you sit, how you stand, how you use you hands and legs, what you do while talking
to someone.

You might want to practice in front of a mirror, it might seem silly but no one is watching you. This will give you good feedback on how you look to other people and give you an opportunity to practise a bit before going out into the world.

Another tip is to close your eyes and visualize how you would stand and sit to feel
confident, open and relaxed or whatever you want to communicate. See yourself move
like that version of yourself. Then try it out.

You might also want observe friends, role models, movie stars or other people you think has good body language. Observe what they do and you don\u2019t. Take bits and pieces you like from different people. Try using what you can learn from them.

Don\u2019t cross your arms or legs \u2013 You have probably already heard you shouldn\u2019t cross
your arms as it might make you seem defensive or guarded. This goes for your legs too.

Have eye contact, but don\u2019t stare \u2013 If there are several people you are talking to, give
them all some eye contact to create a better connection and see if they are listening.
Keeping too much eye-contact might creep people out. Giving no eye-contact might
make you seem insecure. If you are not used to keeping eye-contact it might feel a little

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