Importance of Body Language

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The Importance of Body Language
By: Yulia P

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Communication is the key to every functioning society. Since before verbal communication has ever even been established, humans have been expressing themselves using other tactics. How you may ask? Through body language! Even now, understanding both your own body language, as well as others is crucial.

Body language, also known as meta-communication, is used both consciously, as well as sub-consciously. Whichever intention is has, it often shows more about what a person is feeling than any words could ever conjure. Using facial expressions, hand movements, and posture, people express what they are truly thinking and feeling. Analyzing these types of behaviors, we can learn a lot about how people communicate, and what people are trying to express when they use certain types of body movements.

It is important to be able to understand ones mannerisms because the way we react to them can alter relationships, and change the dynamics between people. Often times, when a person is feeling flirtatious towards someone, they tend to smile more. This is to show that special someone that the person is engaged in the conversation and is happy to be around them. Next comes physical contact. Physical contact doesn’t necessarily have to be a big, or seemingly significant gesture. It can be something small, such as putting ones hand on the persons shoulder for a moment. Doing so shows that you are comfortable enough with the person to come into subtle contact with them. Lastly comes posture. When someone is interested in a person, they tend to stand up right and be at a closer proximity, then let’s say someone who doesn’t share the same feelings, or isn’t yet comfortable enough with the person.

Taking into account the relationship between people, the culture, and the genders, we can speculate a lot of different things simply by looking at the meta-communication that is being exchanged, but the...
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