Body Language What is Body Language? Body Language Video Faces & characteristics Business body language General characteristicsv Personal Spacev Hands & Handshakev Legs & Walking gestures
What is body language Body Language is the communication of personal feelings, emotions, thoughts through body movements either consciously or involuntarily. Like any spoken language, body language has words, sentences and punctuation. Each gesture is like a single word and one word may have several different meanings.ImportanceDiscoverThe 93-7% theory
How body communicates…GesturesA gesture is the verbal or non-verbal body movement used toexpress or emphasize an idea , an emotion or a state of mind.Body MovementsThis includes the head, eyes, eyebrows , lips , neck , shoulders,fingers and so on.BehaviorThis refers quite simply , to everything we do which is overt orobservable. It is important because it is observable to others.
How body communicates…EmotionsRefers to states such as happiness, depression & anxiety & mildermoods such as feeling of pleasure & displeasure , degrees ofexcitement or drowsiness etc. A ‘Emotional cue’ is a facialexpression, body movement or tone of voice indicative of emotion.First ImpressionFaking/ Deception
Faces…Six Universal Facial ExpressionsFace is the most significant and the most photographed- part ofhuman body. The flashes of facial signals are generallyHappiness reactions which a person finds difficult to hide.spontaneous Sadness FearDisgust Surprise Anger
Face Characteristics…The eyesThe eyes can be steely, knowing, mocking, piercing, shifty. Theycan level a burning glance, or a cold glance or a hurt glance oragain can be wise , knowing , inviting , scary , disinterested and soon.Mouth When ‘raised’ , the mouth communicates positive feelings , happiness , optimism. If kept ‘straight’ to conceal emotion. ‘Turned down’ to express sadness, confusion , dissatisfaction.
Face Characteristics…The HeadA nod depicts a positive signal & a ‘head- shake’ signifies ‘no’ or anegative gesture.Head nods show continuing attention , it also depicts what ishappening to us emotionally. Heads tilt is a signal of interest.EyebrowsPeople lower or knit their eyebrows when they showdisagreement or displeasure. Frown when in displeasureLipsWhen one does not utter a word lips can be eloquent becausesilent lips express a wide range of emotions from smile to frown.
General CharacteristicsExpressionFacial expressions are highly flexible & changeable. The face canencode a variety of communicative & informative messages.EmotionsThe face is the most reliable indicator of a wide range ofemotions: Joy & happiness , fear , annoyance, surprise, anger,sadness etcWays of looking Side long glance is referred to as stolen look. Blank stare depicts boredom. Sparkling eyes are an attribute of those who have ‘magnetic personalities’.
Smile Smiling & frowning are two major facial expressions.A genuine smile means ‘I appreciate you’; ‘I accept your ideas’.A frown means ‘I find you puzzling’.
Personal SpaceProxemicsPersonal space - is defined as the amount of space that people findcomfortable between themselves and others.PublicSocialPersonalIntimateClose Intimate
Hands & Handshake… ‘Human Hand is a restless organ’The HandBody language involving hands is extensive. This is because handsare such expressive parts of the body, and because hands interactwith other parts of the body.Hands contain many more nerve connections (to the brain) thanmost if not all other body parts.
Hands & Handshake…Hands… and what the say? Limp hands…? Nervous or jittery person shows restless hands Clenched hands…? When the arms are crossed they form a ‘barrier’ to an impending threat Nose rub…? Chin stroking is when people are in deep reflection.
Hands & Handshake…Styles of Handshake…Palm down thrust: signifies dominance or aggression.Palm up position shows submission by the giver.Both hands handshake: Convey Trustworthiness & honesty. Butis that always true?
L e g s & Wa l k i n g g e s t u r e sLegs… Crossed legs…? The ankle lock signifies…? Sitting on edge of chair indicates compromise, accept or agree or conclude. Rocking or swinging in chair indicates a person is in full control of situation.
L e g s & Wa l k i n g g e s t u r e sWalking gestures… Lets find out…. Arms swinging Hands in pockets Hands on hips Meditative walk Confidence walk Leadership walk Pacing Swagger