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Unformatted text preview: BODY LANGUAGE Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see
ourselves. “Body language is the unconscious and conscious transmission and
interpretation of feelings, attitudes, and moods, through: - Body posture, movement, physical state, position and relationship to other
bodies, objects and surroundings. - Facial expression and eye movement, (and this transmission and
interpretation can be quite different to the spoken words).” Body language is more than body positions and movements 0 Body language is not just about how we hold and move our bodies.
0 Body language potentially (although not always, depending on the definition you
choose to apply) encompasses: - How we position our bodies - Our closeness to and the space between us and other people (proxemics), and
how this changes - Our facial expressions - Our eyes especially and how our eyes move and focus, etc - How we touch ourselves and others - How our bodies connect with other non-bodily things, for instance, pens,
cigarettes, spectacles and clothing - Our breathing, and other less noticeable physical effects, for example our
heartbeat and perspiration Body language tends not to include:
- The pace, pitch, and intonation, volume, variation, pauses, etc., of our voice. The six universal facial expressions - recognized around the world
These emotional face expressions are: Happiness
Anger Body Language Classification
Eye contact Posture Head position Arms Legs Angle of the body
Distance from others
Ears Mouth Smile Voice Eye contact is one of the most important aspects of
dealing with others, especially people we’ve just met.
Maintaining good eye contact shows respect and interest in what we have to say. This is the next thing to master, get your posture right and you’ll automatically start feeling
better, as it makes you feel good almost instantly. A very interesting one to play around with your self and others.
- Bending down or up etc 0 They give the clues as to how open and receptive we are to everyone we meet and interact
with. 0 So we can keep our arms out to the side of our body or behind our back. This shows we are
not scared to take on whatever comes your way and you meet things in a “full frontal” position. They are the furthest point away from the brain.
Consequently they are the hardest bits of our bodies to consciously control.
Lets always remember to get a grip on them. Angle of the Body In relation to others it gives an indication of our attitudes and feelings
towards them. Exceptions — Cinema, Concerts may not really allow us to control the
angle of our bodies. Hand Gestures - They are so numerous its hard to give a brief guide. - Palm down gestures are generally seen as dominant, emphasizing and
possibly aggressive, especially when there is no movement or bending of
the the wrist and the forearm. Distance from others This is crucial if you want to give off the right signals.
Too close «Pushy»
Too far “Too afraid”
Varying the distance and position shows an open attitude. Yes our ears play a vital role in communication with others, even though generally most
people can’t move them much, if at all. Mouth movements They can also give away all sorts of clues.
— Sideways twist
- Opening mouth wide
— Closed Mouth with weird twists Smile and Laughter A natural smile gives a good impression to the audience even in case of tricky situations.
Other wise they could be of several types:
Egoistic Smile, open smile, dumb smile awkward smile - Communication on phone while presenting too loud . — Intonation is too much while speaking. — Shouting in one’s ears and asking for audibility at the
back. - Weak voice - Base in the voice — No Modulation at All i.e. Flat tone. — Speaking too slow or too fast. — Pitch, Pace, Power and Pausing. PM 44/:
Rania Mohamed Taha Hafcz
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- Summer '17
- Dr. Emad kamal