It has been concluded by scientists that between 60-70% (some even suggest 90%) of our communicaiton is NONVERBAL, and is derived from BODY LANGUAGE and PARALINGUISTIC cues.
BODY LANGUAGE= posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye movement, proxemics (personal space)
PARALINGUISTIC CUES= pitch, volume, intonation
Nonverbal Communication is a language of sorts, and because it gives clues as to the state of mind of the person (the communicator), study of body language leads right into our next unit on EMOTION AS A WAY OF KNOWING.
Here is a Wikipedia overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_language
We know there are cultural differences and even gender differences in the use of body language, but did you know that Charles Darwin described “Universal” facial expressions in his The Expression of the Emotions of Man and Animals (1872)? ***which outsold Origin of the Species!
VIDEO: Gestures around the World
Link: List of Gestures from Around the World (yes, some viewer discretion advised)
Here’s a great link to explore what he was talking about: http://www.businessballs.com/body-language.htm#six-universal-facial-expressions
and a YouTube:
Picking up on body language symbols, and being aware of the ones you put out, is an important and useful life skill. You will probably need it most when interviewing for a job or other position, meeting new people, and, of course, flirting and dating.
More on that here: http://www.businessballs.com/body-language.htm#sexual-body-language
Here’s a great video about “tells” in flirting.
Our good friend Charlie at the BBC again explores the Science of Attraction. How does our NONVERBAL communication play a role in our first impressions of others. Watch carefully for the cues or “tells”.
More useful links:
VIDEO: Gestures and Body Language
VIDEO: Science in Action: Facial Expressions (are they learned or innate?)
Article: How to read Body language
Article: How waiters judge you!
Article: Nonverbal Communication basics
Article: Top 10 Nonverbal Communication Tips
This is an hour long and excellent!