Do you know your body language?

March 10, 2008 § Leave a comment

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What you are is shouting so loud, I can’t hear what you are saying — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Body language is a term for communication using body movements or gestures instead of, or in addition to, sounds, verbal language or other communication. It forms part of the category of para-language, which describes all forms of human communication that are not verbal language. This includes the most subtle of movements that many people are not aware of, including winking and slight movement of the eyebrows. In addition, body language can also incorporate the use of facial expressions.

Exercise 1

If you noticed someone you were talking to doing the following, what would you think?

  • Glancing sideways
  • Sighing
  • Yawning
  • Frowning
  • Crossing arms on chest
  • Looking at the ceiling
  • Cleaning fingernails
  • Cracking knuckles
  • Jingling change or rattling keys
  • Fidgeting in chair

Exercise 2

And what would you think with these?

  • Looking into your eyes
  • Smiling frequently
  • Listening attentively:
    • Raising eyebrows periodically
    • Grinning at appropriate moments
  • Using expressive hand gestures when speaking
  • Keeping eyes wide open
  • Licking lips
  • Tilting head
  • Leaning toward you
  • Leaning toward you and softly touching your hand
  • Shifting positions
  • Mimicking your facial expressions
  • Adjusting voice volume to match yours
  • Shifting breathing patterns

Exercise 3

Now read this article please.



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