The Communication Dance: Practical Body Language

 

Some life skills are picked up automatically (or apparently so) as we grow up, others can only be learned, but most fall somewhere between these two poles. Interpreting and projecting body language is one of the latter kind. We all understand that somebody who’s shouting and turning red in the face is probably angry, while someone who’s gazing at the floor and shuffling his feet is probably embarrassed or ashamed. But what does it mean if a woman folds her arms over her chest: is she cold, feeling uneasy, or does she need to use the restroom?

 

At work, in relationships, at school – in fact in any situation that involves interacting with people face to face – knowing how to interpret the postures and movements of others, and knowing how to project the image you want just makes life much easier. It’s actually a shame that nonverbal communication isn’t taught to children in the same way grammar is: it has its own type of grammar which links directly to our minds and emotions.…