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How to Understand and Interpret Body Language

By February 13, 2012

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Does crossing your arms indicate that you're feeling defensive? Do shifty eyes mean that someone is telling a lie? The things we communicate without words can carry as much meaning as any verbal expression, but it is important to have the skills to both understand and express such signals.

Body language refers to the nonverbal signals that we use to communicate. According to experts, these nonverbal signals make up a huge part of daily communication. From our facial expressions to our body movements, the things we don't say can still convey a tremendous amount of information.

Understanding body language is important, but it is also essential to remember to note other cues such as context and to look at signals as a group rather than focusing on a single action. Learn more about some of the things to look for when you are trying to understand and interpret body language.

Learning how to better interpret and communicate without words is a great way to improve understanding of others and get your message across more effectively. In addition to understanding the different types of nonverbal communication, spend some time reviewing and practicing some nonverbal communication tips to learn more about how to read the nonverbal signals of other people and enhance your own ability to communicate effectively.

Comments

February 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(1) oscar says:

nice but what about words and terms people use . Especially on the internet. How can you interpete the correct meaning? Is that even possible without actual. contact in person?

February 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(2) Joe Muhammad says:

4 Oscar.To some extent, grammatical patterns,organisation of th passage, vocabulary as well as tone can give an idea of th mood of th writer & maybe even a hint on th personality.Jst lyk wat’ve written hre.But thts frm my scull & not wat is written in buks.D’u find any sense in tht?

February 14, 2012 at 9:33 am
(3) Jay says:

Basically what i want to know is the verbal que’s. What are they really saying when they are saying it. Say on the phone, compare “hello” to “this is John” to “You got Mike” or even “Blank co., this is Dale” what relationship is how we greet a stranger on the other end of the phone to how we feel on a subconscious level? Look at all the ways we greet positive, affitrmative negative, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, last person etc. I would really like to speak with someone more in depth on this matter and/or do some heavy reading regarding Subconcious Body language vs. Subliminal Verbal Que. If anyone has any benificial links and or sources I could compare, this would really help.

Any added info in this light would be most appreciated.

February 15, 2012 at 10:00 am
(4) Robert Phipps says:

My new book is actually called “Body Language: It’s What You Don’t Say That Matters” and you can read a free sample on Amazon or on my site

http://www.amazon.com/Body-Language-What-Dont-Matters/dp/0857081748/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329315331&sr=8-1

Best regards,
Robert

March 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(5) plachenkla says:

Please do not overlook a serious area of research into unidentified non-linguistic speech features http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M84Ff0H_bww

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