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What is body language?
As it can be inferred from its name “body language”, it’s a type of language but not the ordinary one. It doesn’t employ words and sentences to communicate between people. Another difference between the body language and the ordinary language is that the first one works intentionally while the latter one needs intention.
The body language’s gear for communicating consists of gestures and postures of body parts. Although many signs of the body language are within the scope of science these days, but there are still unexplored area in the body language.
Verbal vs. nonverbal communication
Based on scientist’s research nonverbal communication has a more significant role in conveying meaning rather that the verbal one. Besides, the verbal communication needs interpretation and decryption while the nonverbal does not.
However, the nonverbal body language can be used wisely to decorate and emphasize the spoken language.
It also helps to avoid misunderstandings in the communication. The nonverbal communication emits and perceives intentionally. Therefore, people are using it without recognizing and having control of it. One of the main noticeable application of the nonverbal communication is evident where each of communicators knows different language and could not convey through spoken language.
The word “kinesics” comes from the root word “kinesis”, which means “movement”. Kinesic communication is a nonverbal method through which people can socialize with one another. It mostly includes gestures, head movements and posture, eye contact, and facial expressions.
Moreover, the above-mentioned field is studied by interrogators and job interviewers. In fact, nonverbal behaviors have a grammar which can be analyzed similar to spoken and written languages. Sometimes, clues about confession and deception can be found through body language.
Gesture vs. posture
They are both key elements for nonverbal communications. However, there exist subtle differences between these items. In detail, gestures refer mostly to head and hand movements, whereas posture is about the way that your body is positioned when you are standing or sitting somewhere. I personally suppose that perceiving feelings as per posture is more difficult than that according to gesture.
Universal vs. culture-specific body language
Although body languages are the same in many aspects, there are differences among various cultures at the same time.
Body languages, like unwritten rules, can convey a wide range of meanings. In some conditions, through the same body language we can exchange the common feelings. For example, an outstretched hand reveals welcome and waving an outstretched hand with open palm is a gesture for “goodbye”.
Nevertheless, sometimes, cultures have different grasp of body languages. Eye contacts varies from culture to culture, for instance. In many countries, when it comes to conversations, a direct eye contact between two people is regarded crucial. In fact, it divulges sincerely, honesty , and the like. On the contrary, many cultures believe that a direct eye contact from a child to an adult is an act of defiance.