Body Language

What is Non Verbal Communication?


Body language is non-verbal communication through gestures, movement and expression.

Your movements show feelings, attitudes and emotion. According to research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, 55% of our emotional communication in face-to-face communication comes from your gestures.

So whether you like it or not, your movements and gestures say a lot more about you than you may want to reveal. Your expression speaks louder than words, revealing your thoughts, attitudes and moods.

For more information on body language, have a look at —

Communication,Signs,Eyes and How to Read.

What do these gestures say to you non-verbally?

  • a lover's frown
  • a wide smile
  • a warm embrace
  • a child's pout
  • a finger wagging in your face
  • a parent's look of worry
  • a teenager slouching in a corner
On the pages above, you'll learn how to "talk" with your —
  • eyes
  • lips
  • upper body
  • arms and hands
  • stance
And also how to present yourself well, to gesture so as to create a variety of impressions. You'll feel what strong positive movements look and feel like.

You'll find out how to improve your gestures by engaging people, how negative movements of the body reveals weakness, disinterest and disconnection.

You will learn how to use your eyes and move your head, face, torso and limbs to show confidence and commitment. Reading signs is important for strong emotional intelligence

Body Language Gestures

  • Rubbing your forehead, crossing your arms or rubbing your fingers in front of your mouth shows insecurity.
  • People who are excited and elated often breathe deeply and gesture with open arms. You will see this action at a sports’ competition.
  • People who are in despair will often droop their heads, slouch, or cast their eyes cast downward.
  • People who feel positive stand upright, have eyes that are lively and engaged. They have a bounce in their step.
  • Sometimes a bent head shows reflection or thinking.
  • People show pent up energy by drumming fingers, flicking feet, fiddling with objects, tugging at earlobes, eating, smoking, running fingers through hair straightening clothes and stroking chin.

Universal Gestures

1. Smiling gives a positive message and shows pleasure.
2. Blushing shows embarrassment.(To control blushing, take a few breaths.)
3. Crying is a sign of sadness or extreme emotion. A shrug can mean indifference, disdain, embarrassment or not knowing something.
4. Standing tall with good posture indicates success and purpose. Positioning yourself at the right distance from the person with whom you are talking is important. This position is not so close as to be threatening and not so far away as to appear distant.

You can learn how to perform specific actions and gestures to communicate your feelings in a non-verbal way. By practicing the gestures, you will experience the positive effects of comfortable non verbal language and discover how to create the image you want.

The way you move your body communicates your level of self esteem. The more positive your body language, you more you will feel better about yourself.


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