Objectics The study of personal artifacts/objects.
Object Language The way a person appears (clothes, hair, articles worn or carried) or the display of the human body and its apparel.
Object Language Cont. • May indicate occupation, culture, status, group membership
Object Language Cont. • The objects a person chooses to have, carry or wear may also nonverbally communicate something about that person • For example, diamond ring on left finger, cross or Star of David, athletic letter jacket
Object Language Cont. • A person’s use of objects may give clues to their internal state (emotions) • For example, clicking a pen might indicate nervousness or boredom, tapping something loudly on desk might indicate anger
A person’s appearance may “type” them in terms of school groups (jocks, brains, delinquents, etc. Object Language Cont.