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BODY LANGUAGE IN COMMUNICATION. What do we mean by “Body Language” ??. The medium through which people and animals communicate using gestures, expressions and posture . Why is Body Language important?.

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why is body language important
Why is Body Language important?
  • Body language plays a big role in intuition as it gives us messages about the other person, that we can interpret at an intuitive level.

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components of body language
Components of Body Language
  • Facial Expression including Eye contact
  • Gestures
  • Stance
  • Space Relationship
facial expressions
Facial Expressions
  • There are some universal facial expressions; a smile, a frown, a scowl.
  • Eye contact is direct and powerful. 
  • The use of eye contact varies significantly from culture to culture
gestures
Gestures
  • Fidgeting shows boredom and restlessness.
  • Pressing fingers together to form a steeple shows interests, assertiveness and determination.
  • Touching the nose or rubbing eyes indicates discomfort.
  • A hand to the back of the neck may indicate withdrawal from a conversation.
open stance
Open Stance
  • Interested people always have an erect posture, pay attention and lean forward
  • A firm handshake will give the impression of assertiveness or honesty
  • People showing open hands, both feet planted on the ground are accepting
  • A head tilted to the side indicates interest
closed stance
Closed Stance
  • Leaning backwards demonstrates aloofness or rejection
  • Folding arms across ones chest or body is protective and gives the impression of a closed, guarded and defensivecharacter.
  • People with arms folded, legs crossed and bodies turned away are signalling that they are rejecting messages.
  • A head down is negative and judgmental
space
Space
  • There are four distinct zones in which most people operate:
  • Intimate Area 15-50 cm
  • Personal Area 0.5-1m
  • Social Area1-3m
  • General Area 3m