Body language is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously. Body language may provide clues as to the attitude or state of mind of a person. For example, it may indicate aggression, attentiveness, boredom, relaxed state, pleasure, amusement, and intoxication, among many other cues The technique of “reading” people is used frequently. For example, the idea of mirroring body language to put people at ease is commonly used in interviews. Mirroring the body language of someone else indicates that they are understood.Body language signals may have a goal other than communication. People would keep both these two in mind. Observers limit the weight they place on non-verbal cues. Signalers clarify their signals to indicate the biological origin of their actions. Examples would include yawning (sleepiness), showing lack of interest (sexual interest/survival interest), attempts to change the topic (fight or flight drivers). Statistics differ, but most experts agree it takes us between 90 seconds and four minutes to decide if we like someone in a sexual manner. And it’s not based on what we say. Fifty-five per cent of the impression we get from someone comes through our body language. Thirty-eight per cent is from the tone, and speed of how we talk. And ONLY seven per cent is from what we’re actually saying! So you can imagine the importance of portraying the right signs to the people you meet, through your voice tone and body language. Although they are generally not aware of it, many people send and receive non-verbal signals all the time. These signals can indicate what they are really thinking and how they are really feeling. The technique of ‘reading’ people is used frequently. For example, the idea of mirroring body language to put people at ease is commonly used in interviews. It sets the person being interviewed at ease. Mirroring the body language of someone else indicates that they are being understood. Are you aware of what your body language tells people about you? MOST people have no idea how they REALLY appear to the rest of the world.
Dr. Lillian Glass