Different Non-verbal Communication Between Men and Women
Facial Expressions Women tend to use facial expressions more in order to express their feelings and intentions. The messages that women give out tend to be more subtle and sophisticated than the messages that most men give out. Women are more “experienced” in using their facial expressions.
Eye Contact Men will look into the eyes of the person they are talking to. Women look into the eyes of someone they are listening to. Enjoy a wider peripheral vision than men Prolonged eye contact is more likely used to indicate affection or interest for More attentive to “reading” the eyes of others
Men and Listening Many men are misjudged on their no-verbal behaviors when it comes to communication between women. If they don’t make a “listening noise” or grunt then they are seen as not paying attention. Most men who don't make this noise may in fact be listening very intently to the conversation.
Most women are more often misjudged on their non-verbal communication than men are.
Many women nod and make listening noises such as “Yeah”, “Ah” or “Oh really?” during conversations and are assumed that they pay attention more.
This kind of feedback is more of a way to show interest in the conversation whether they truly mean it or not.
Gestures and Mannerisms Women are more likely to use more “warm” gestures and mannerisms than men do. Use fewer and less obvious gestures Hugging, lowering of the eyes in aggressive behaviors. Men tend to use obvious gestures such as talking with their hands than using facial expressions.
Touching Some men take touching as a sign of sexual intentions and are less likely to touch other men during a conversation. Women are more likely to touch other women because touching is mostly used as a form of friendship or sympathy.
What Do We Need to Know? Because interpreting body language requires a great deal of observation try getting to know the other person and their characteristics. Have a greater awareness and understanding can help prevent and resolve conflicts and misunderstandings. Be respectful and don’t judge either gender based on their body language issues.