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She'd just received an email from her boss, Gus, saying that the product proposal she'd been working on wasn't going to be signed off after all. It didn't make any sense.
A week ago she'd been in a meeting with Gus and he'd seemed really positive about it all. Sure, he hadn't made much eye contact, and he kept looking out of the window at something. But she'd just put that down to him being busy.
And, he'd said that "the project will probably get the go-ahead. He just wasn't using words. In this article, we'll define what is meant by body language, and how you can read and interpret it to understand people better and communicate with them more effectively.
What Is Body Language? Put simply, body language is the unspoken element of communication that we use to reveal our true feelings and emotions.
Our gestures, facial expressions and posture, for instance. When we are able to "read" these signs, we can use it to our advantage. For example, it can help us to understand the complete message of what someone is trying to say to us, and to enhance our awareness of people's reactions to what we say and do.
We can also use it to adjust our own body language so that we appear more positive, engaging and approachable.
How to Read Negative Body Language Being aware of negative body language in others can allow you to pick up on unspoken issues or bad feelings. So, in this section, we'll highlight some negative nonverbal signals that you should look out for. Difficult Conversations and Defensiveness Difficult or tense conversations are an uncomfortable fact of life at work.
Perhaps you've had to deal with a difficult customeror needed to talk to someone about his or her poor performance. Or maybe you've negotiated a major contract. Ideally, these situations would be resolved calmly.
But, often they are complicated by feelings of nervousness, stress, defensivenessor even anger. And, though we may try to hide them, these emotions often show through in our body language. For example, if someone is exhibiting one or more of the following behaviors, he will likely be disengaged, disinterested or unhappy see figure 1: Arms folded in front of the body.
Minimal or tense facial expression. Body turned away from you.
Eyes downcast, maintaining little contact. Being aware of these signs can help you to adjust what you say and how you say it, so you can make him feel more at ease and receptive to your viewpoint see figure 2.Darian's An analysis of the immoral behavior in kate chopins short story the storm cosmic fats, an analysis of nonverbal gestures and postures his sapsucker stinging ineffectively.
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Learning Objectives. This is an intermediate level course. After completing this course, mental health professionals will be able to: Identify transference and countertransference as they manifest themselves in therapy sessions. Analysis of Non-Verbal Communications Everyday in the workplace, especially in the relationship between supervisors and non-managerial employees, verbal instructions will be given multiple times throughout the workday.
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Nonverbal cues are helpful when interpreting a message in a face-to- face conversation, feelings may be expressed through the “speaker’s loudness, tone of voice, pace of speech, as well as watching the speaker’s facial expressions, posture, gestures and so on” (Hughes, Ginnett, and Curphy, p.