Body language and eye contact

Body language and eye contact are known as non-verbal communication forms which are perceived by our subconscious mind. Non-verbal communication is also known as paralanguage and also involves the interpretation of body posture, gestures, eye movements and facial expressions. Reading body language for a more in-depth look at person is something that we all do, sometimes intentionally but most of the time it is subconscious.

In accordance with the research of John Borg, it was revealed that 93% of human communication is mediated via body language signs and certain paralinguistic cues while only 7% of the communication is actually through words. During human interaction, communication takes place both consciously and subconsciously through body language signal interpretation. Reading body language means to understand the way a person behaves during a conversation. Conscious communication involves the use of words while subconscious communication is perceived by the human subconscious mind through the interpretation of body language and eye contact. What people really think about others is mainly a direct result of body language perception. For instance, eye contact can indicate non-verbal communicational signs showing interest, boredom, sexual desire or anger.

Eye movements such as rapidly blinking of the eyes, can often indicate romantic interest or intense excitement. Language signs: the eyes transmit many nonverbal signals such as “doe” eyes or softening of eyes occurs when the muscles around the eyes are relaxed leading to subsequent defocusing and pupil dilation which is a language sign that can indicate a desire to have sex. Carefully studyingeye movements can enable you to master the ability of lie detection. Eyes are a reflection of the soul so whatever the soul is guilty of is usually reflected by the eyes. Eye contact can be an indication of various types of signs, maintaining eye contact for long may have a possible meaning of a threat. On the contrary, repeated but brief eye contact indicates interest and attraction as well as is a type of flirting body language.Lowering of eye lids during a conversation indicates that someone is lying. Looking at something can indicate a desire to have it. Eye movement and lying are directly related and so is telling the truth. When a person is speaking the truth he usually looks in your eyes. Thus, keeping these principles in mind makes understanding language signs quite an easy task.

Micro expressions, such a squinting, are related to threatening body language. Studying greeting body language is a very simple task as well and all you need to do is to look for signs of happiness or irritation. Informal greeting body language usually consists of hugging and holding hands. However, observing salute variables are also a good way to study greeting body language.

Visual thinkers normally do not maintain a long eye contact during communication while others use long eye contact during a conversation to indicate interest. Blinking of the eyes also provide signals, while repeated blinking is a sign of attraction or interest and slow blinking of the eyes indicate boredom. Short glances also provide many signs such as a glance towards an individual indicate interest while a glance towards the door indicates a desire to leave or a swift side ways glance indicates irritation or anger. Winking usually signifies an indication of interest and flirting body language. On the other hand, squinting indicates that the individual is either evaluating a situation or is in a deep thought. If somehow we isolate the environmental conditions, then dilated pupils provide an excellent indication of interest while constricted pupils do the opposite and usually signify threat or anger. Certain eye movements also provide signals. Lookingto the upper-left corner of your eye indicates that the person is visualizing a scene. Movement of the eyes upward and then to the right signifies that the person is visualizing scenes from the past while on the other hand movement of the eyes to the left indicates that the person is probably remembering past auditory experiences. Mostly, when individuals maintain a very limited eye contact are either lying or feeling insecure. Eye contact is extremely important when conservation involves persuasion.

Trying to analyze body language is probably the most intriguing, challenging and interesting art to learn. It is simple and all you need to do is be observant and pick up the small signals people give while communicating. Looking upward when talking usually means that the person is thinking and if a person looks upward during a presentation, it means that they are trying to recall points from the text that they studied. On the contrary, looking down during a conversation usually means that the person is signaling submission but sometimes it also means that the person is guilty and is looking down in order to avoid eye contact. Lateral movements of the eyes indicate that the person is lying and is searching for an escape route. Looking down and then to the left during a conservation usually means that the person is talking to himself. In the subcontinent, it is considered rude to maintain eye contact with members of the opposite sex during a conversation so mostly people talk by looking down.

Facial signals such as frowning indicate annoyance, concentration or thoughtfulness. Excessive hand gestures during a conversation indicate nervousness and anxiety. Trust and happiness can easily be judged because when a person trusts you and is happy with you then his shoulders, neck and rest of the body will be relaxed. Excessive body touching may indicate flirting behavior as well as sexual desire. Handshakes are also a good way to analyze people. If the person’s hands are cold then it usually means that the person is not trustworthy while a warm handshake is a sign that the person is trustworthy. Firm handshake indicates confidence while a limp handshake indicates lack of confidence, anxiety or nervousness.

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