How Body Language Works

Body Language: Cheat Sheet

Stuff you need to know:

  • Body language, which consists of hand and arm gestures, body position and movements, and facial expressions and eye movements, can reveal what we're thinking to other people -- usually without our even realizing it.
  • Evolutionary researchers believe that the ability to interpret subtle physical signs and to make judgments about a person based on those signs is something the human species developed long before verbal human language.
  • Body language, like spoken language, tends to vary from culture to culture. Gestures can have very different meanings in different countries.
  • By studying nonverbal communication and training yourself, it's possible to shape body language deliberately to convey a chosen message or impression.

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