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Definition of body language

Body language: It is one of the types of non-verbal communication, which emanates from the body in the form of gestures and signals, which express internal feelings and sensations subconsciously, as through these signals and gestures many messages and ideas are conveyed to other people. In a study by the American psychologist Mehrabian, he explained that the words issued by a person affect other people at a rate of 7%, while the tone of the voice and the manner of the speaker’s speech reached a rate of 38%, and as for the body language and the movements and gestures issued by it, and so on account for 55% Of influencing other people.

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The importance of body language

Since human communication is a mixture of words, tone of voice, body movements, and gestures, body language has great importance, which is explained in the following:

  • Improving the person’s communication language, which they use to communicate with other people, through a nonverbal method of communication such as using eye language.
  • A way in which the individual expresses the feelings and emotions inside him, as what the individual feels will certainly be reflected in and influence his behavior and behaviors.
  • Highlight the nature of the individual’s personality, as it is difficult for him to pretend or represent it.
  • Discovering people who may try to deceive or lie to the person by reading their movements and their body language, so body language is the honest language that it is difficult to lie.
  • Body language helps you make a first impression on other people and make an impression on them.
  • Body language is characterized as a global language, that is, it is possible to guess the intended meaning of the movements and gestures of many people from all over the world, so you do not need an interpreter for facial and eye expressions, and this may enable us to learn about other cultures around the world.
  • Body language can help make it easier to communicate with pets some people keep in their homes and improve their ability to handle them.

The relationship between body language and speech communication

There is a close and strong relationship between body language (silent communication) and speech communication, which is summarized as follows:

  • Repetition: since the movements and gestures that emanate from the body are nothing but a repetition of the speaking person’s speech, (such as referring to a specific location with intent here).
  • Contradiction: where the speaking person can contradict his statements by using body movements and signals, for example, if the officer asks to bring a specific file from an employee, and at the same time indicates to him with his eyes not to bring it.
  • Alternative: The person can use body language as an alternative to verbal communication, such as using facial movements and expressions that dispense with speech, such as indicating approval or rejection.
  • Clarification: Body language is considered a complement to verbal communication, as the movements of the body may clarify, clarify, and complete the meaning and purpose of the speech, as it clarifies and modifies the message that the person wants to convey, such as hitting the table with his hands as an indication of anger upon completion of his speech.
  • Emphasis: Spontaneous body movements confirm the person’s speech and verbal messages, such as using a different tone of voice for certain words in the context of the conversation to emphasize their importance, or using facial expressions to emphasize them.
  • Regulation: Body language is an organization for people’s speech and links it with each other, and helps to organize communication between other people, such as head and eye movements, or give a signal to a person to start something and then give him the signal to stop.

The secrets of body language

Among the most important secrets of body language that attracts others and draws their attention are the following:

  • Bright facial expressions, maintaining a lasting smile.
  • Use balanced and expressive gestures, while keeping the fingers closed and hands below the chin, and it is also advised to avoid bending the arms or interlocking the feet together.
  • Using head movements for three times when speaking, but when listening to someone else’s speech, it is recommended to tilt the head, while maintaining the position of the chin up.
  • Using eye contact when talking to others, which provides a sense of continuity in communicating with others.
  • A person should stand upright when speaking, but when listening to another person, he must tilt the body forward.
  • Leaving a certain distance between the people who are speaking can be comforting.

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