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As like other parts of body like limbs, heads, eyes also have great
impact and effect in determining body language. Eyes are termed as
the windows to one’s souls. They reveal the most accurate of all
human communication signals. On a person getting excited, the pupils
dilate contract into beady eyes when one is angry or suspicious.
(i) Gaze Behaviour—A person who is dishonest cannot hold another
person’s eyes for long duration. A person, on finding another
attractive, can hold their gaze for a long time with his pupils dilated.
A person issuing a non-verbal challenge contracts his eyes and holds
the gaze for a long time.
(ii) Business gaze—when discussing business matters, one can imagine
a triangle on the other person’s forehead and keep his gaze directed
there to create a serious atmosphere. As long as the gaze doesn’t
drop below the level of the other’s eyes, the control of the
interaction can be maintained.
(iii) Social gaze—To develop a social atmosphere, one needs to drop
one’s gaze below the other person’s eye level, focusing on the
triangular area, which in this case lies between the eyes and the
(iv) Intimate gaze— The intimate gaze focuses across the eyes and
below the chin to the other parts of body. When one is near, the
gaze is on the triangular are between the eyes and the chest or
breast. When one is far, the gaze is between the eyes and the
(v) Sideways gaze—This glance indicates either interest or hostility.
When it is accompanied by slightly raised eyebrows or a smile, it
occasionally nodding. A negative and judgemental attitude is indicated when the head is down.shows interest and is especially used as a courtship gesture. indicating that he is looking down his nose. trying to take control of a group of bored people. complementing the gesture by looking away from others towards the floor. More chair-straddlers are aggressive and dominant. . When a person feels superior. which shields his body. When the sideways glance is combined with a frown or the corners of the mouth turned down. (iii) Head gestures—The nodding of the had is a universal gesture signifying ‘yes’ and the shaking of head meaning the opposite ‘no’. he is showing interest in what he hears. the basic head position is with his head up. 2) Other popular body languages: (i) Straddling a chair—When a person is under physical or verbal attack. When he tilts his head to one side. it denotes a hostile. When a person has a neutral attitude on what he is hearing. suspicious or critical attitude. (ii) Picking imaginary fluff—When a person is not in agreement with the other’s opinions but feels compelled to give his opinion. his head is tilted backwards and is accompanied by the eye block gesture. there are some places where the gestures have totally opposite meaning. he picks imaginary pieces of lint from his clothing. However. (vi) Eye block gesture—This gesture involves closing one’s eyes for a few seconds as if for a moment erasing the other person from his mind. he blocks the person from his sight by closing the eyelids for a few seconds. he normally straddles a chair. When a person becomes bored or uninterested or feels superior to the other.
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