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Body language is a form of non-verbal communication in which physical behavior is used instead of words. They are used to convey a message or information. Such physical behavior may include body posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye movement, and touch.

Body language exists in both animals and humans. It is known as kinesics. For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on human body language.

Body language is not the same as sign language. Sign languages are full of languages just like spoken language, and sign languages are very complex just like the grammar systems. Sign languages also exhibit all the properties that are exhibited in all languages.

Body language, on the other hand does not involve grammar, and its interpretation is done broadly; instead of giving absolute meaning that corresponds to a particular language.

Body language is a sub-set of non-verbal communication. Sometimes, body language can be very ambiguous, making it difficult for the other person to understand.

Types of non-verbal communication and body language.
1.                Facial expression: The human face is very expressive. It is able to express countless emotions without saying a word. Unlike the other types of non-verbal communication, facial expressions are universal. There are facial expressions for anger, surprise, fear, happiness, sadness, sickness, ache, etc.

2.                Body movements and posture: Your body language can send negative signals to people around you without you knowing. The way you move and carry yourself communicate a great deal of information to the world. This kind of non-verbal communication includes your subtle movements, posture, bearing and stance.

3.                Gestures: Gestures have become part of the fabric of our daily lives. Waving, pointing, beckoning, and the use of hands when arguing, sometimes convey the wrong message to people without you thinking it.

However, the interpretation of gestures can be very different across cultures and regions. It is very important to be extra-ordinarily careful in order to avoid misinterpretation.

4.                Touch: We communicate a lot through touching. Just think of the kind of message that is conveyed with a weak handshake, a tap on the shoulder, a warm hug, a slap on the back and a firm grip of the arm.

5.                Voice: It is not just about what you say, it about how you say it. Many times when we speak, others read our voices; in tandem with listening to our words. What people usually pay attention to is: How loud you speak, your tone, the timing and pace. Your tone of your voice could convey anger, affection, confidence, sarcasm and sadness.

6.                Space: You will understand this very well if you have ever felt uncomfortable during a conversation because the other person was standing just too close to you, and invading your space; and you had to shout, “Please give me some space”. We all do need some space, although that may depend on the situation and the closeness of the relationship. Physical space could be used to communicate many different non-verbal messages like intimacy, affection, dominance or assertion.


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