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  • 1. BODY LANGUAGE
  • 2. What is Body Language?
    • Body Language is the communication of
    * Personal feelings,
    * Emotions ,
    * Attitudes,
    thoughts through body movements –
    * Gestures,
    * Postures ,
    * Facial expressions,
    * Walking styles,
    * Positions & distance –
    either consciously or involuntarily
  • 3. The Main Aspects of Body Language
    Gestures:
    Body Movements: This includes the -
    Head,
    Eyes,
    Eyebrows ,
    Lips ,
    Neck ,
    Shoulders,
    Fingers and so on.
  • 4. Behavior :
    Emotions: Refers to states such as
    Happiness,
    Depression,
    Anxiety,
    Milder moods,
    Feeling of pleasure,
    Displeasure,
    Degrees of excitement,
    Drowsiness etc.
  • 5. THE FACE
    • The face is the most significant and the most photographed- part of human body.
    • 6. The flashes of facial signals are generally spontaneous reactions which a person finds difficult to hide.
  • General Characteristics
    Expressions: Facial expressions are highly flexible & changeable. The face can encode a variety of communicative & informative messages.
    • Raise of eyebrows express astonishment.
    • 7. We frown in displeasure or confusion.
    • 8. Envy or disbelief may be displayed by a raised eyebrow.
  • Emotions: The face is the most reliable indicator of a wide range of emotions :
    Joy & happiness ,
    Fear ,
    Annoyance,
    Surprise,
    Anger,
    Sadness etc.
    • When we are shocked we open our mouth.
    • 9. Blushing is another facial phenomenon that expresses emotion. A shy person becomes red in face when attention is focused on him.
  • Smiling: smiling & frowning are two major facial expressions.
    • A genuine smile means ‘I appreciate you’; ‘I accept your ideas’.
    • 10. A frown means ‘I find you puzzling’.
    Laughter: Laughter is composed of a broad range of gesture & sounds.
    • ‘Ha-Ha’ is a genuine laughter.
    • 11. ‘He-He’ is a mocking laughter.
    • 12. ‘Hee-Hee’ suggests a secret giggle.
    • 13. ‘Ho-Ho’ communicates surprise
  • Head Gestures
    The Head Nod : A nod depicts a positive signal & a ‘head- shake’ signifies ‘no’ or a negative gesture.
    Head nods show continuing attention , it also depicts what is happening to us emotionally. Heads tilt is a signal of interest.
  • 14. Eyebrows:
    • People lower or knit their eyebrows when they show disagreement or displeasure.
    • 15. Frown when in displeasure.
    Mouth :
    • When ‘raised’ , the mouth communicates positive feelings , happiness , optimism.
    • 16. If kept ‘straight’ to conceal emotion.
    • 17. ‘Turned down’ to express sadness, confusion , dissatisfaction.
    • The Lips: When one does not utter a word lips can be eloquent because silent lips express a wide range of emotions from smile to frown.
    • 18. Throat: when the Adam’s apple jump unconsciously signals anxiety, embarrassment or stress.
  • The Eyes
    • The eyes can be steely, knowing, mocking, piercing, shifty.
    • 19. They can level a burning glance,
    or a cold glance
    or a hurt glance
    or again can be wise , knowing , inviting , scary , disinterested and so on.
    • We look straight in the eye to get attention.
  • Ways of Looking:
    • Side long glance is referred to as stolen look.
    • 20. Blank stare depicts boredom.
    • 21. Sparkling eyes are an attribute of those who have ‘magnetic personalities’.
    Glasses:
    • Peering over glass depicts being judgmental or critical.
    • 22. Dark glasses are worn by those who conceal their genuine feelings.
  • The Human hand is a restless organ
    • Limp hands show boredom.
    • 23. Nervous or jittery person shows restless hands.
    • 24. Clenched hands often shows frustration.
    • 25. Clapping of hands shows applause.
    THE HANDS
  • 26.
    • When the arms are crossed they form a ‘barrier’ to an impending threat.
    • 27. Arms folded with finger tucked in armpits & thumbs sticking out: this is when subordinate faces his superior whom he considers equal.
    • 28. Arms behind the back is resorted by those who is experiencing an inner conflict.
    • 29. Neck stroking signals suspicion.
  • Putting objects in mouth is when they are busy with something.
    Pinching the bridges of nose indicates a person in deep thought.
    Nose rub is a sign of rejection.
    Chin stroking is when people are in deep reflection.
    Slapping the head signifies self punishment.
    Hands behind the head is used by professionals who are confident & dominant.
  • 30. Styles Of Handshake
    Palm down thrust : signifies dominance or aggression.
    Palm up position shows submission by the giver.
    Glove Handshake: ‘Politician Handshake’, this is with people one is familiar with.
  • 31. THE LEGS
    Crossed legs signify negativity.
    The foot lock is especially among shy & timid women.
    The ankle lock signifies ‘holding back’ of strong feelings , attitudes & emotions.
    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.
  • 32. Walking Gestures
  • When _____ people enter an elevator, they each...
    1.One or two
    ...lean against the walls of the elevator.
    2. Three or four
    ...occupy a corner.
    3.five or six
    ...all turn to face the door. 
    ...get taller and thinner. 
    ...hands and purses and briefcases hang
    down in front of the body, or "fig leaf position." 
  • 40. Elevator continue…...
    ...must not touch each other in any way unless the elevator is crowded, and then only at the shoulder or lightly against the upper arm. 
    ...have a tendency to look upward at the illuminated floor indicator. 
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