Body Language  

Santta 61M
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6/15/2006 2:47 pm
Body Language

Body language is certainly not a new phenomenon. People have known about it and used it since the beginning of time. Before people developed language as a communications tool, they used body language to make their needs and desires known
to other people. Body language describes human interaction excluding the use of written and spoken words.

Ability to understand body language is apparently not related to IQ, the ability to take tests, or the grades one makes in school. Practice tends to improve the ability to understand body language. People tested for body language comprehension
generally score higher on second and subsequent tests than on their first tries.

Sigmund Freud, an early believer in the utility of body language, distrusted the spoken word and based much of his work on the assumption that words hide more than they reveal.
Freud believed, as do many researchers, that although we cannot rely on the truth of words, nonverbal behavior often does project truth.

Through body language, people express their conscious and subconscious emotions, desires, and attitudes. Body language, which is stimulated by a subconscious need to express inner feelings, is often more reliable than verbal communication and
may even contradict verbal expressions. Body language is an outlet for your feelings and can function as a lie detector to aid a watchful observer in interpreting your words. To the
observant, our body language communicates our sincerity and commitment.

Unless we understand nonverbal body language, we are losing as much over 50% of the message that is being communicated. By increasing your awareness of body language, you can read the emotions and attitudes of others you interact with at home and
at work. As a result, you will have a greater feeling for and awareness of all your interpersonal interactions. This increased rapport with, and understanding of, others leads to increased trust and productivity.

The study of body language can also help improve others' understanding of you. The better you are able to transmit messages so that others receive them as they were intended, the more effective you will be. Therefore, be acutely aware of the nonverbal messages you are projecting. You can
increase tension and decrease trust simply by projecting negative body language or by lacking sensitivity in observing the nonverbal communication of others. The "bad vibes" that
result can be disastrous to present and future relationships.

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