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Body language: the meanings behind our body posture and movements
The meanings of our body postures and movements
Knowing the meanings of our body postures and movements can enhance our communication, successfully, with other individuals.
By reading a persons body language you could enhance your understanding of his or her true thoughts and feelings. This happens because the subconscious mind usually shows the true thoughts of a person by particular movements that person makes or by his or her body posture.
What is Body Language?
Through our body language we communicate by passing information or revealing our emotions through the conscious or unconscious movements of our body or facial expressions. It is important to note that body language may predict however, it may also hide emotions.
Body language is based on the meanings of our body movements and facial expressions. Several messages that the human body sends are natural, others learnt, while others are passed down from generation to generation or through other different ways. For instance, a person may have a certain body posture due to genetics. On the other hand, a certain hand movement might have a social basis.
Tonya Reiman analyzes all of the components of body language...
Basic movements, expressions and hand gestures
Most of the basic communication movements, expressions or hand gestures are similar around the world. There are however cultures in which certain hand gestures may have two meanings.
We laugh when they are happy or having fun, we cry when we are sad and we are grumpy when angry.
An up and down movement of our head meaning “yes”, while moving our head from right to left means “no”.
When we are confused or don’t understand what another person is telling us we usually raise our shoulders. This movement is usually accompanied by the rise of our eyebrows and our palms facing up.
Gestures, meanings and cultures
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