BODY LANGUAGE

MORE HUMAN COMN TAKES PLACE BY WAY OF GESTURES, POSTURES, POSITION AND DISTANCE THAN BY ANY OTHER WAY
- PROF RAY BIRDWHISTLE

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INTRO TO BODY LANGUAGE

WHAT IS BODY LANGUAGE ? ‡ PART II .APPLICATION OF SCIENCE OF BODY LANGUAGE. ‡ PART III .TERRITORIAL ZONES AND SPACES.CHARACTERISTICS OF BODY LANGUAGE. ‡ PART IV .PREVIEW ‡ PART I . .

WHAT IS BODY LANGUAGE ? .

.BODY LANGUAGE IS THE WAY PEOPLE UNCONSIOUSLY TELEGRAPH THEIR PRIVATE THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS THROUGH BODY MOVEMENTS .

BODY MOVMENTS COULD BE IN THE WAY PEOPLE. ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ FOLD THEIR ARMS CROSS THEIR LEGS SIT STAND USE THEIR HIPS MOV THEIR EYES EVEN THE SUBTLE WAY THEY MOV THEIR LIPS .

‡ WE INDICATE OUR BEING PUZZLED BY WRINKLING OUR EYEBROWS ‡ CROSS OUR ARMS TO REMAIN ALOOF ‡ SHRUG OUR SHOULDERS TO SHOW INDIFFERENCE ‡ WINK TO DISPLAY INTIMACY ‡ SLAP OUR FOREHEAD TO ACK FORGETFULNESS .

‡ LOOK FIRST AT THEIR FACE TO SEE IF THEIR EXPRESSIONS REFLECT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ‡ LISTEN TO THE TONE OF THEIR VOICE TO CHECK FOR ANY EMOTIONS . WE USUALLY.WHEN WE ENCOUNTER PEOPLE.

WE WILL ACCEPT THEM AS A JOKE IF THE SPEAKER·S FACE IS JOVIAL AND HAPPY .‡ FINALLY WE ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE SPOKEN WORDS ‡ EVEN IF THESE ARE CYNICAL OR SARCASTIC.

‡ OUR BODY IS SENSITIVE TO OUR EMOTIONAL STATE AND CLEARLY TRANSMITS WHATEVER MSG WE INTEND OR DO NOT INTEND TO COMMUNICATE .

‡ TWO ESSENTIALS OF ANY LANGUAGE ARE : ² A MEDIUM OF COMN ² SCRIPT .CHARACTERISTICS OF BODY LANGUAGE.

THE BODY. ‡ IT COVERS A RG OF ASPECTS OF THE BODY . NODS) ² GESTURES (HAND AND ARM MOV ) . SUCH AS : ² FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ( SMILES.‡ THE MEDIUM OF BODY LANGUAGE IS . OF COURSE .

² BODY MOVEMENTS ² POSTURE ² VISUAL ORIENTAION ( EYE CONTACT ) ² PHYSICAL CONTACTS ( HANDSHAKE. PATTING) ² APPEARANCE ( INCL CLOTHES ) .

·REALLY· .NON VERBAL VOCALISATION ‡ PARALANGUAGE IS THE TECH TERM FOR VOICE CUES THAT ARE NON VERBAL. eg : ² ² ² ² ² LAUGHING CRYING GROANING YAWNING FEEDBACK SIGNALS LIKE ¶GOOD·.

WHEN BEING SARCASTIC ‡ THE SCRIPT OF SARCASM REQUIRES OF US A LOT OF SPECIFIC NON VERBAL ACTIONS LIKE : .DOES BODY LANGUAGE HAVE A SCRIPT ? ‡ OFTEN FOLLOWS AN UNSPOKEN SCRIPT. Eg. WE SAY TO SOMEONE. ¶THAT WAS TERRIFIC·.

‡ SPEAKING VERY SLOWLY OR ‡ RAISING BOTH EYE BROWS IN AN EXAGGERATED MANNER OR ‡ CHANGING THE TONE OF OUR VOICE AND ‡ LAYING UNDUE EMPHASIS ON THE WORD ¶TERRIFIC· .

. TREASURED AS OUR OWN POSSESSION AND CARRIED WHEREVER WE GO.WHICH REPRESENTS THE AMOUNT OF SPACE WE FEEL WE MUST HAVE BETWEEN OURSELVES AND OTHERS.TERRITORIAL ZONES AND SPACES ‡ AN INVISIBLE SPACE AROUND US.

‡ OUR INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE INVOLVE EITHER LETTING THEM ENTER THIS ZONE OR BEING KEPT OUT OF IT AS PER OUR OPINION OF THEM ‡ ANY ¶INVASION· OF THIS TERRITORY. INVITES A REACTION BY WAY OF ONE OR MORE ASPECTS OF BODY LANGUAGE . WHICH IS LARGER FOR INTROVERTS THAN FOR EXTROVERTS.

‡ SPACE BUBBLE OF SOMEONE WHO IS ANGRY OR UNDER STRESS EXPANDS. LEARN TO ADAPT. AND THE PERSON NEEDS MORE SPACE .SIT AND MOOD ALSO AFFECT PROXIMITY AND DIST ‡ INTROVERTS WHO HAVE TO TRAVEL IN CROWDED BUSES.

ANIMALS. BIRDS AND FISHES FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO DEFEND THEIR TERRITORIES. ‡ AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS HAS TO DO WITH HOW WE APCH AND ENTER OTHER·S ZONES AND HOW WE GUARD OUR OWN .‡ THIS ASPECT OF BODY LANGUAGE EXTENDS TO ALL LIVING BEINGS AS WELL.

PERSONAL TERRITORY FURTHER DIVIDED INTO ZONES ‡ INTIMATE DIST ZONE: EXTENDS UPTO 18´ AND RESERVED FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. . ‡ PERSONAL DIST ZONE: EXTENDS FROM 2 1/2· TO 4· GIVING CREDENCE TO THE OLD ADAGE OF KEEPING PEOPLE AT AN ARM·S DISTANCE.

ACTORS DUE TO SECURITY REASONS AND CHARACTERISED BY DIFFICULT TO SEE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. A LOUDER VOICE AND EXAGGERATED BODY MOV TO CONVEY A PT .‡ SOCIAL DIST ZONE: EXTENDS UPTO 12· WHILE INTERACTING WITH UNKNOWN PEOPLE /AT BUSINESS LEVEL ‡ PUBLIC DIST ZONE: DIST MAINT BY POLITICIANS.

APPLICATIONS OF THE SCIENCE OF BODY LANGUAGE ‡ BODY LANGUAGE ANALYSIS IS NOW UTILISED IN WIDELY DIVERSE FDs BY : ² CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS ² INTERROGATORS ² PSYCHOLOGISTS ² ACTORS .

² EDUCATIONISTS ² COUNSELLORS ² MANAGERS ² INTERVIEWERS ² EVEN IN THE ARMY IT HELPS A CDR READ HIS COMD BETTER THEREBY GIVING HIM A BETTER GRIP OF HIS MEN AND FEELING THEIR PULSE. .

‡ SOME OF THE FDs WHERE BODY LANGUAGE COULD BE UTILISED IN THE ARMY ARE : ² MAN MGT ² INTERROGATION OF PW·S ² Cs OF I ² PERSONALITY DEVP .

INVOLUNTARY . GESTURES. . MOVEMENTS -ARE UNEDITED.CONCLUSION ‡ WORDS ARE ON THE HEAD LEVEL WHILE NON VERBAL LANGUAGE IS AT THE FEELING OR GUT LEVEL ‡ WE FEEL RATHER THAN THINK ABOUT ITS MEANING ‡ UNLIKE WORDS. UNCONSCIOUS AND SPONTANEOUS. BODY LANGUAGE POSTURES.

WHERE AS BODY LANGUAGE NEEDS INTERPRETATION.‡ HENCE IT·S MSG IS INVARIABLY MORE TRUTHFUL AND GENUINE ‡ DESPITES SEMANTICS. WORDS ARE BY AND LARGE SPECIFIC. ‡ THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE OF BODY LANGUAGE BEING THAT IT IS UNIVERSAL .