What is Body Language?<br /><ul><li>Body Language is the communication of </li></ul> * Personal feelings,<br /> * Emotions ,<br /> * Attitudes,<br />thoughts through body movements –<br /> * Gestures, <br /> * Postures , <br /> * Facial expressions, <br /> * Walking styles, <br /> * Positions & distance –<br />either consciously or involuntarily<br />
The Main Aspects of Body Language<br />Gestures:<br />Body Movements: This includes the -<br /> Head, <br /> Eyes, <br /> Eyebrows , <br /> Lips , <br /> Neck , <br /> Shoulders, <br /> Fingers and so on.<br />
Behavior :<br />Emotions: Refers to states such as <br />Happiness,<br /> Depression,<br /> Anxiety,<br /> Milder moods,<br /> Feeling of pleasure,<br /> Displeasure,<br /> Degrees of excitement,<br /> Drowsiness etc.<br />
THE FACE<br /><ul><li>The face is the most significant and the most photographed- part of human body.
The flashes of facial signals are generally spontaneous reactions which a person finds difficult to hide.</li></li></ul><li>General Characteristics<br />Expressions: Facial expressions are highly flexible & changeable. The face can encode a variety of communicative & informative messages.<br /><ul><li>Raise of eyebrows express astonishment.
Envy or disbelief may be displayed by a raised eyebrow.</li></li></ul><li>Emotions: The face is the most reliable indicator of a wide range of emotions : <br /> Joy & happiness , <br /> Fear , <br /> Annoyance, <br /> Surprise, <br /> Anger, <br /> Sadness etc.<br /><ul><li> When we are shocked we open our mouth.
Blushing is another facial phenomenon that expresses emotion. A shy person becomes red in face when attention is focused on him.</li></li></ul><li>Smiling: smiling & frowning are two major facial expressions. <br /><ul><li>A genuine smile means ‘I appreciate you’; ‘I accept your ideas’.
A frown means ‘I find you puzzling’.</li></ul>Laughter: Laughter is composed of a broad range of gesture & sounds.<br /><ul><li> ‘Ha-Ha’ is a genuine laughter.
‘Ho-Ho’ communicates surprise</li></li></ul><li>Head Gestures<br />The Head Nod : A nod depicts a positive signal & a ‘head- shake’ signifies ‘no’ or a negative gesture.<br />Head nods show continuing attention , it also depicts what is happening to us emotionally. Heads tilt is a signal of interest.<br />
Eyebrows: <br /><ul><li>People lower or knit their eyebrows when they show disagreement or displeasure.
Frown when in displeasure. </li></ul>Mouth : <br /><ul><li> When ‘raised’ , the mouth communicates positive feelings , happiness , optimism.
‘Turned down’ to express sadness, confusion , dissatisfaction. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>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.
Throat: when the Adam’s apple jump unconsciously signals anxiety, embarrassment or stress.</li></li></ul><li>The Eyes<br /><ul><li>The eyes can be steely, knowing, mocking, piercing, shifty.
They can level a burning glance, </li></ul> or a cold glance <br /> or a hurt glance <br />or again can be wise , knowing , inviting , scary , disinterested and so on.<br /><ul><li>We look straight in the eye to get attention.</li></li></ul><li>Ways of Looking:<br /><ul><li> Side long glance is referred to as stolen look.
Clapping of hands shows applause.</li></ul>THE HANDS<br />
<ul><li>When the arms are crossed they form a ‘barrier’ to an impending threat.
Arms folded with finger tucked in armpits & thumbs sticking out: this is when subordinate faces his superior whom he considers equal.
Arms behind the back is resorted by those who is experiencing an inner conflict.
Neck stroking signals suspicion.</li></li></ul><li>Putting objects in mouth is when they are busy with something.<br />Pinching the bridges of nose indicates a person in deep thought.<br />Nose rub is a sign of rejection.<br />Chin stroking is when people are in deep reflection.<br />Slapping the head signifies self punishment.<br />Hands behind the head is used by professionals who are confident & dominant.<br />
Styles Of Handshake<br />Palm down thrust : signifies dominance or aggression.<br />Palm up position shows submission by the giver.<br />Glove Handshake: ‘Politician Handshake’, this is with people one is familiar with. <br />
THE LEGS<br />Crossed legs signify negativity.<br />The foot lock is especially among shy & timid women.<br />The ankle lock signifies ‘holding back’ of strong feelings , attitudes & emotions.<br />Sitting on edge of chair indicates compromise, accept or agree or conclude.<br />Rocking or swinging in chair indicates a person is in full control of situation.<br />
Swagger.</li></li></ul><li>When _____ people enter an elevator, they each... <br />1.One or two<br />...lean against the walls of the elevator.<br />2. Three or four<br />...occupy a corner.<br />3.five or six<br />...all turn to face the door. <br />...get taller and thinner. <br />...hands and purses and briefcases hang<br />down in front of the body, or "fig leaf position." <br />
Elevator continue…...<br />...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. <br />...have a tendency to look upward at the illuminated floor indicator. <br />
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