Body language compared to any other means of communication is a unique way to transfer information. It contains the so-called ‘hidden information’. If you want to make sure that you fully understand someone, just put together verbal and non-verbal (not involving or using words or speech) communication. If the words don’t accord with the gestures, you may suspect this person of dishonesty.
How is it possible to learn to understand the language of gestures?
Here are some examples that help us understand the interlocutor. When he or she avoids looking directly in your eyes it means insincerity. The same may be said about crossed arms when somebody is not inclined to communicate.
A concentrated person may be rubbing the bridge of the nose, the forehead or the chin. Some people cover the mouth with their palms when they subconsciously disagree with the opinion of the speaker, suppressing real experience. The head resting on the arm during a lecture or a meeting means that this person is not interested in the subject of the conversation.
Body language is not only the sum of subconscious movements but also the gestures that we use in our everyday communication, which may differ greatly from one country to another. The same gesture may have the opposite meaning in two countries.
So it must be taken into account, when you travel around the world. It may lead not only to slight misunderstanding but also to serious conflicts.
Shaking head generally means ‘no’, but in Bulgaria, Greece and India it is a symbol of consent. If you are in Japan be sure to take what you are given with your both hands, otherwise it will mean neglect of the other person.
The only universal means to win somebody’s sympathy is a smile. People around the world take it the same way. So if you want to pay a compliment just give a smile to the person you are talking to.
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