Non-Verbal Communication

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Your body and face are communication tools that others use to interpret how you feel and what you are thinking. Body language is also known as non-verbal communication and comes in many forms. Knowing how to read another person's body language can help you maintain better relationships and be sensitive to how others are feeling without even having to ask.

Body language is a non-verbal way of communication. Body posture and physical contact convey a lot of information. Body posture matters a lot when you are communicating verbally to someone. Folded arms and crossed legs are some of the signals conveyed by a body posture. Physical contact, like, shaking hands, pushing, patting and touching expresses the feeling of intimacy. Facial expressions, gestures and eye contact are all different ways of communication. Reading facial expressions can help you know a person better.

Facial Expressions; when you interact with another person the face becomes a powerful vehicle for communication. Facial expressions such as smiles, frowns and partial smiles can give away how the person really feels. Happiness is often portrayed through facial expressions that include smiling, perked eyebrows and wide eyes. Sadness or anger, on the other hand, is communicated through frowns, flared nostrils, narrowed eyebrows and squinted eyes. Sometimes, you can see through a facade when a person wants to communicate that he is happy, but is really upset on the inside. If someone feels confident, he will look you in the eyes and make good eye contact. Individuals who are anxious, scared or nervous might avoid eye contact.

Posture relates to how a person stands, and this is a communication tool for body language. When someone stands up tall and straight, you might presume that the individual feels happy, confident or proud. On the contrary, an individual who slouches her shoulders, slumps over and has overall poor posture is communicating that she does not feel very well. Her posture could be...
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