The issues of gestures and body language have been the subject of intense erudite discourse over decades and the roles that they play in everyday life impact non-verbal communication in a significant way. We will look at what gestures and body language means and their relative impact on the world. Gestures and body language are modes of non-verbal communication. They are the eloquent messages that often replace words and sometimes “speak” more profoundly than vocal utterances.
Our World would be a vastly different place without these forms of communication as they add a dynamism and fluency to our communication processes and embodies a language that is often globally understood. Social Anthropologists have remarked that over sixty percent of our communication is non-verbal and so gestures and body language conveys much of our thoughts to others around us. Gestures and body language includes Nods, scowl, smiles, stares, folded arms, and clasped hands.
These communicate a myriad of emotions to other people around us. In fact it is said that we cannot “not communicate” since our non-verbal gestures and body language tell a tale that can be more stark than a dramatic speech. We can look at some of the gestures stated above and see what they may communicate to others: Nods often represent approval and agreement, A scowl sometime denotes anger or disagreement, A smile generally shows warmth and acceptance, A stare may be menacing or inquisitive.
Folded arms often denote push-back or reluctance and clasped hands can convey a gamut of emotions; from frustration to supplication. It’s best to observe these emotions within your circle of friends or contemporaries and try to attach a meaning to each gesture. You may be profoundly surprised by your findings. The study of gestures is important in seeking to define the meaning of non-verbal communication. This knowledge will help us to be more effective communicators. Work Cited Axtell, Roger E. Gestures: The Do’s and Taboos of Body Language Around the World. John Wiley ; Sons, 1991