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Using Body Language

 

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Message clusters | Core patterns | Parts-of-body language | Other notes | See also

 

Body language is an important part of communication which can constitute 50% or more of what we are communicating. If you wish to communicate well, then it makes sense to understand how you can (and cannot) use your body to say what you mean.

Message clusters

Body language comes in clusters of signals and postures, depending on the internal emotions and mental states.  Recognizing a whole cluster is thus far more reliable than trying to interpret individual elements.

Core patterns

A number of core patterns in body language can be identified that include clusters of movements:

Parts-of-the-body language

You can send signals with individual parts of the body as well as in concert. Here's details of the contributions of each part of the body.

Other notes

Remember that body language varies greatly with people and especially with international cultures (so be very careful when applying Western understanding to Eastern non-verbal language).

There are about 75 pages of information in total in this section on body language.

See also

Non-Verbal Behavior, Understanding body language, Using Your Body

 

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