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Body Language, Eye Language : Communication Through Eye Gestures And Body Movements!

Updated on February 14, 2017
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Chitrangada has keen interest in Alternative therapies.As a parent and teacher she shares her real life experiences for benefit of readers.

Body Language
Body Language | Source
Hand Gestures!
Hand Gestures! | Source

We Speak With Our Eyes And Body As Well!!!

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  • Have you ever wondered, how the mother understands

-----when her child is hungry or thirsty;

-----when the child is uncomfortable, due to the clothes;

----when the child wants to have a change in nappy etc.

-----The infants can't speak, but it is through their body language that their needs can be understood.

-----Even when the kids grow up, parents understand their needs and emotions just by having a look at their eyes or body posture.

  • Another example is When an interview is under process, a candidate is also judged by his/ her body language, besides what they are speaking in answer to the questions posed to them.
  • It is not quite uncommon to observe the body language of two different individuals engaged in crucial discussions, whether at family level, community level, national or International level.

All these examples are stated to emphasize the fact that besides verbal conversations, we also communicate through our Eyes and our Body.

According to Wikipedia, "Body language refers to various forms of nonverbal communication, where in a person may reveal clues as to some unspoken intention or feeling through their physical behavior. These behaviors include (but are not limited to) facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space."

How you sit also speaks a lot!
How you sit also speaks a lot! | Source
Hand gestures also speak!
Hand gestures also speak! | Source

What Is Body Language?

  • Body language means the non verbal communication, by means of facial expressions, hand gestures, shoulder movements, legs, neck movements, body postures, touch etc.
  • A person may communicate through body language, clues to some unspoken intention or feeling through their physical behavior.
  • Body language exists in both humans and animals and humans.
  • Body language is different from sign language.
  • Facial expressions usually include the combined expressions and movement of eyes, nose, chin, lips, eyebrows and the bodily gestures corresponding to them.

1. Great leaders and speakers use their body language to command, persuade, fascinate and mesmerize their audiences/ people.

2. How you walk, sit, stand also tells others of your personality, your confidence level etc.

3. There are training centers to teach good and impressive body language skills, so important for interviews and public life.

Children speak more with their body and eye language!
Children speak more with their body and eye language! | Source
A mother can easily understand the Eye language of her child!
A mother can easily understand the Eye language of her child! | Source
How much do we say with our 'Eyes'!
How much do we say with our 'Eyes'! | Source

Eyes Communicate A Lot!

  • Eyes are the most powerful means of non verbal communication. In fact they are the mirror of what's going on in the mind.
  • Moreover, it is much easier to read and understand the Eye language rather than gazing or staring at body parts.
  • The interpretation of eye movements, helps the Forensic experts to understand the complex ways in which humans make decisions for non trivial tasks.
  • Looking up or down or sideways, lateral movements, gazing or staring, glancing, making or breaking eye contact, avoiding eye contact, tears, blinking etc. all can be interpreted.
  • Pupils are also indicative about what's going on in the minds of the person.
  • How interesting is this that many celebrities wear dark glasses to avoid eye contact and let people understand their real feelings!
  • The eyes can speak for us--our emotions, feelings, sometimes even intentions.
  • It is believed that Women are better at reading eye language and communicating with their eyes.

*Eyes communicate a lot about what is going on in a person's mind.

*Looking upwards; Looking downwards;Looking sideways; Gazing; Lateral movement; Avoiding Eye contact; Limited Eye contact; Brief Eye contact; Staring; Blinking etc. are some of the non verbal communications done by the eyes.

Can you understand what is going on in a person's mind by looking at the Eyes?

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To Communicate Effectively, Apart From Speaking, Use Your Eyes And Body As Well:

  • You will be surprised to know that the human communication is largely non verbal.
  • According to communication experts, eighty percent of the communication is non verbal, whereas only twenty percent is verbal.
  • In other words, if you want to speak something to someone, your eyes expression and movements, your body parts movements should correspond with it.
  • Otherwise your communication would not be effective and your message may not be expressed correctly.
  • Eye and Body Language is very significant for office jobs, managers and their management.
  • Body language is also very relevant for relationships, in families and in parenting.
  • The study of body language is known as kinesics (pronounced 'kineesicks') derived from the Greek word kinesis, which means motion.
  • So why not make the most of this God given skill and use our eyes and body in effective communication!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      This is quite interesting and I watch others body language a lot when talking with them. I have noticed some are false as well...sort of like when it is your first time talking to people. First impression are not always true.

      Voted Up Useful and Interesting and am going to share it too!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent article. I have spent a great deal of time dealing in countries where I did not know the language. So reading body language is critical. You did a great job in explaining the different indicators -- starting out with a parent child relationship was great.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Body language is a vast and deep subject. I find it very entertaining to watch body movements of guys. The way we do Namaste or handshake does tell a lot about other person. Even a stare has different meanings. You have brought forth an interesting and informative hub. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a very interesting topic, one I have had to consider as a writer. The eyes do speak to us if we are willing to listen. Good information.

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Another great hub! Very interesting read. Voted up.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting insight into the importance of body language and how to read it Chitrangada. It has always been widely used to determine a person's true feelings etc but now that so many people are communicating on line instead of in person it is often difficult to judge their actual thoughts an intentions because body language is not visible. Voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      If 80% is non-verbal, we really need to learn to read it. Thanks for underscoring the importance of learning and paying attention to body language in general, and eye language specifically.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I am keen on looking at body language and learn quite a bit about another person's true intentions or feelings. Interesting article and very insightful.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great topic. Most of us use this body language and eye movements spontaneously. Sometimes it is positive whereas at other times, it may be awkward to the other person. So, we need to control our movements on some occasions to avoid this exposure.

      It is a very useful subject you have chosen. Voted up and awesome.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Lady Guinevere, for your kind visit, share and comments!

      I agree with your views about observing others. I also find myself observing people by their facial expressions and hand gestures. Sometimes we get it right, while at others we may not be very right. But when its happening with closed ones, I find it amusing that I am always right.

      Thank you for sharing your views!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for your visit and lovely comments!

      My kids are all grown up now, but they often wonder, how I understand what's going on in their minds, even when they have not spoken anything.

      You made an important point---the body language is very helpful when we do not know the language of the other person, or when travelling to foreign countries.

      Many thanks for appreciation and continued support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harishprasad ji, for your kind visit and comments!

      You are right that how we shake hands or do Namaste also communicates our warmness or indifference, if any towards the other person.

      It is indeed a vast and interesting subject and each one of us are blessed to understand this language, if we pay attention.

      Thanks for appreciating and voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your kind visit and support!

      Glad you liked this topic.

      I believe that writers are great observers of people around them and that makes it possible to write in detail about them in their stories.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MHiggins, for your visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and comments!

      I agree with you that it is difficult to read people's thought online, but you do get some idea about them, their likes and dislikes, their interest etc. through their writings.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked the subject.

      Each one of us are blessed with the skill or sense of understanding the Eye and body language. We just have to be conscious about it and pay attention.

      Thanks for your vote and support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Faith Reaper, for reading and commenting!

      Its interesting to observe others and understand their feelings. Those who meditate a lot are very good at it.

      Glad you liked this hub. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachari ji, for your kind visit and comments!

      I agree with you that sometimes we have to control our eye and body movements in public life. One should not get a wrong message.

      Glad you liked this topic and consider this hub insightful. Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting hub!

      You so clearly stated these valuable points and I learned lots from you.

      Voted up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and comments!

      Appreciate your support and glad you liked this hub. Thanks!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A great Hub! Body language is crucial! It can elevate and inspire us, or put us down. It can hurt and it can also cause hurt. The eyes, the face, the limbs and more, they tell us so much! Great on you to cover this, Chitrangada. Hari Om!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you manatita44, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I agree with your observations---so true! And as far as possible, we should be careful and have control about this non verbal communication.

      Hari Om!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful hub, body language speaks louder than words

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      These are great tips! I have had teachers that have driven me from their classes because of body language. One particular teacher paced back and forth constantly in front of the classroom. It only took one session of that for me to drop the class! Another teacher would frequently wring her hands when standing up in front of the class to speak. It was very disconcerting!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for reading and commenting!

      I agree with your views that body language speaks louder than words. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and comments!

      Your observations are so true. Sometimes body movements are so irritating and we must be careful about our eyes and body movements and gestures.

      Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Very useful and informative hub! Eyes can tell a lot about what is going on in a person!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was beautifully written, and you're so right about eye and body language.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Great information about body language. I agree that the eyes speak volumes.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      A person's body language can reveal much about them. This is a very informative hub, thank you! Voting up and more!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you sgbrown, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for voting up!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Fascinating hub Chitrangada, yes I do tend to know when people are nervous or not telling the truth, it really does show up in their body language. A few years ago I studied Psychology and we had to do a face to face conversation with someone to see if we used body language, it was quite embarrassing really, because we had to look into each others eyes as well, which can be really nerve wracking! lol! great hub! voted up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nell, for reading and commenting!

      Yes I agree, it can be very embarrassing to look into the eyes of someone. I would probably burst out laughing, if asked to do that.

      But it is true that the body language and eye language communicate a lot. The way the forensic experts observe this language and reach accurate conclusions, I find it very interesting indeed.

      Thanks again for appreciating and voting up!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A fascinating read about body language. You can interpret so many things just by watching a person. Great hub, voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked the subject of the hub. Thanks for the appreciation and votes!

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Eye movements as well as body movements can truly tell a lot about a person and how they are feeling as well as communicating. Psychologists surely study that as well as others in business, politics, etc. if they are smart. The average person even without special training certainly picks up cues from others because of their nonverbal ways of expression. Interesting hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy W, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I agree with your views and I am glad you found the hub interesting. Observing people by their body language or eye expressions is so easy for common people like us. My family thinks that most of the times I am right about my observations regarding this non verbal language..

      I find this very interesting indeed.

      Appreciate your kind visit, Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 months ago

      I used to teach this concept in Ethics class. Body language and eye contact speak volumes. Great topic and well covered!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dianna for appreciating the hub!

      Appreciate your positive feedback. Only a good teacher such as you can understand the importance of eye and body language.

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

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