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Body Language

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Cristina Escubos

on 2 September 2013

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Body Language
Cristina Escubos
Body Language
Only 7% of communication is actually verbal, 93% is non-verbal
The face has over 40 muscles and 3000 different facial expressions that we will react to both consciously and unconsciously
Slightly tilting your head to the side indicates that you are absorbed in a conversation and are listening intently to the other person
Body language:
The process of communicating non-verbally through conscious or unconscious gestures and movements.

Body language is an amplifier to what you're already saying.

We form our opinions of someone we meet for the first time usually with in the first 2-4 min, primarily based upon their body language
Your feet act as pointers, signaling where your mind is going. Like a magnet, they point in the direction of someone who appeals to you
Trying to remember
something they
visually saw
Trying to remember
something they heard
Talking to themselves
Lying or constructing
something they've never seen
Feeling something or remembering an action
Honesty = palm display
Liars maintain strong eye contact
Lying = Blink rate increase
If you talk with your hands then you force the other person to be honest
Analytical process called norming
deciphering body language- look at whats normal for that particular person.
What they do when they're under no pressure,
What would be normal in that situation.
How far from normal is this behavior.
Body Language in different countries
Different cultures have very different variations of body language and interpretation of them
Most common ones:
Head nodding
Cheek kissing & Hugging
Thumbs up, etc.
Meeting/Greeting someone
UK, US, Germany, New Zealand::

Southern Europe:
Women kiss men and Women on the cheek, men shake hands with each other

Handshaking is considered as impolite
Depth of bow shows amount of respect

In most of the world:

This means “yes”




“Yes, I understand”, or, “Yes, please continue”, but not necessarily, “Yes, I agree”

Parts of India:

Head is moved (tilted) side-to-side to show agreement.
Head Nodding
The 'O' Ring
Means “Ok”
Means zero

Means money

It is considered rude (Meaning “A***hole”)
Thumbs up

UK, European Countries, Egypt, Israel, Australia, China:
Means “Ok”, “All right mate”, “See you later mate”, “Brilliant”

West Africa, parts of South America:
Obscene sign meaning “Up yours pal!”


Traditionally interpreted as an obscene sign similar to the middle finger in the western world.
Peace sign backwards
UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa:
Considered an insult.

The rest of the World:
Indifferent to the normal peace sign
The normal peace sign:
Means: Victory, peace, two
Common Body Language
Sign Language
A system of communication using visual gestures and signs, as used by deaf people.
Evolution of body language
System of communication
needs, emotions, fears, and desires
gestures (pointing hand), noises (grunting is not a word) and facial or body reactions (frightened look)
Paul Ekman
7 universal expressions
Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, contempt, disgust
Microexpressions are expressions that come quickly without having time to think about it
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