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Transcript of Body Language

Body Language
Reading body language
Body language depends on context: body language in a certain situation might not mean the same in another
Awareness of possible cultural body language differences is especially important in today's increasingly mixed societies
As with any system of evidence, 'clusters' of body language signals provide much more reliable indication of meaning than one or two signals in isolation
some people artificially control their outward body language to give the impression they seek to create at the time.Looking for 'micro gestures' can help identify the true meaning and motive behind one or two strong and potentially false signals.
proper interpretation of body language should look beyond the person and the signal - and consider the situation
Differences
History
In the fourth century bc in Greece, upper-class men cultivated an upright, firm stance and an unhurried gait, taking long strides
In Classical Rome, strictly moderated and limited gestures were regarded as an indication of a temperate and self-controlled character
Writings on body language were quite prevalent in Renaissance Europe
Seventeenth-century physiognomists like Giovanni della Porta and Charles Lebrun codified the facial expressions of emotion and character

Cultural
anthropologists such as Marcel Mauss have pointed out that even the most elementary aspects of physical behaviour, such as the ways in which people eat, sleep, walk, or sit, seem to be culturally determined
This includes both the deliberate signals used by people to communicate meaning non-verbally, and also seemingly involuntary emotive or physical reactions
Social
differences in physical comportment play a significant part in separating social groups from each other
Different languages involve different facial and bodily movements and vary greatly from society to society
Gender
Prescriptions for the physical behaviour of women are often different from those of men
Characteristically, women look modestly downward, walk with small steps, be more restrained in facial expressions than men of their class
Reflection
My definition is any non-verbal signals or messages communicated from someone to another using body movements or posture including facial expressions. Scientists once said that body language accounts for 80% of the message we try to tell others and that what we actually say is only 20%. Body language definitely has played an important role in communication since communication first formed. Some body language is harder to recognize or understand so easily and the things people do to try to predict or read someone’s body language is really interesting to me. There is an endless number of how many different conversations and ideas that surround the topic of how to interpret someone’s body language.
work cited
COLIN BLAKEMORE and SHELIA JENNETT. "body language." The Oxford Companion to the Body. 2001. Encyclopedia.com. 11 Nov. 2013

"Related Materials." Body Language. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013

"20 Body Language Facts." Neurolove.me. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

Feature, Heather HatfieldWebMD. "Body Language Basics." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

"List of Top 15 Body Language Facts and Myths." Your Guide to Understanding Body Language RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
Common Myths & Facts
Reading body language signals is a key to reading people
You can cover up your feelings by faking few individual signals
Certain power gestures make people trust or respect you
Body language is universal
Liars avoid eye contact
When people are making up a story or withholding the truth, their eyes go up and to the right
People will respect you if you smile at everyone you meet
Myths
Facts
Hundreds and thousands of subconscious signals about you are released by your body language as you speak
These signals, although subtle, can significantly affect you career, social or intimate life
Because these signals are subconscious, you are unaware of most of them
Your body language is what considered the most honest expression of your thoughts noticed by others.
Your image can be significantly improved by discovering your own signals and developing them.
By improving your visual perception and learning body language signals, you will better understand feelings behind words of other people
All visual cues such as movements and gestures must be evaluated in the context of other cues, not in isolation.
You will double the value of face-to-face communication by learning to read other people body language and emotions behind it.
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