What is Body Language?

What is Body Language?

Body language is a form of communication using the position or movement of your body. This non-verbal language can include your gestures, your facial expressions, your eye movements, your stance, and many more. In fact, we tend to communicate with our body language even without realizing what we are doing. This form of communication can help us discover the state of mind or attitude of a person. For instance, body language can help you identify boredom, aggression, attentiveness, pleasure, intoxication, amusement, and more.

Important elements of body language

Like the saying “actions speak louder than words”, body language is considered an important part of effective communication. It is made up of eight basic elements, which are:

  • Eyes – Among all other parts of our body, our eyes are usually the first to be noticed when we meet people. We use it to make visual contact or to avoid it. The duration and intensity of eye contact can give us an accurate reading of a person’s emotions.
  • Face – One of the main sources of expression is the face, especially when we are communicating with others. Through the face, we can frown, smile, or even remain neutral. When we are angry, we almost immediately show our anger through our faces. The face lets us show interest or disgust and even indicate that we want to speak.
  • Gestures – Our gestures can play a role in both verbal and non-verbal communication. For example, waving at someone can be considered as a way of saying “hi” without actually saying the word out loud. On the other hand, we can even use hand gestures for emphasizing an important point when conversing with another person.
  • Posture – How we position our head, shoulders, arms, hips, and legs are all part of the postures that contribute to body language. These body parts can either work separately or together in non-verbal communication. Some examples of posture-based body language include turning your head down, slouching your shoulders, tilting your head sideways, and more.
  • Voice – While you may feel that your voice is only used in verbal communication, it also plays an integral role in non-verbal communication. This is because the tone and volume of your voice can have an impact on the kind of message you are sending. Similarly, the pace of your speech and the emotion in it can indicate what you are meaning to express.
  • Movement – Our movements can be both commanding and flexible. Whether or not we are using our entire body, others can learn a lot about what we are trying to communicate through our movements. For instance, you can send a message of assertiveness or dominance when moving toward another person. At the same time, moving away from someone could send a message of submission or avoidance.
  • Appearance – Our clothing, body shape, and tidiness all make up the part of our physical appearance, which is involved in body language. Others can get visual messages from the way we present ourselves physically. A good example is dressing formally and conservatively for a funeral as a sign of mourning and respect toward the deceased.
  • Touch – A powerful element of body language, touch has the capability of relaying a multitude of messages, which may even be interpreted in a variety of ways. Touch can be classified into four main categories – social, professional, friendship, and intimacy.

Why is body language important?

Body language is useful in so many ways, especially in the professional world. Let’s Live provides Lie Detection Courses to help professionals in identifying various human behaviours. These courses can help you in detecting lies and reading people. You can also learn how to get an honest answer from others, which can be extremely helpful when conducting interviews. In fact, Let’s Live Lie Detection Courses can teach you how to determine the true feelings and beliefs of others.

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