Wikipedia defines body language as “a form of mental and physical ability of human non-verbal communication, which consists of posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously.”  Needless to say, it’s quite an integral part of our human communication.  So much so, in fact, that physical expression is believed by most researches to play the majority of the role of most of our communication – anywhere from 50 to over 90%–as opposed to direct verbal expression.

It is through conveying physical cues that we send strong messages about how we are feeling and what our personalities are like.  It would then make sense to learn about body language to know the best manner in which to carry yourself since when it comes down to important, possibly life-changing events –like a serious job interview for instance—knowing how to communicate feelings of concern and interest can make a world of a difference.

To learn more about body language “Do’s and Don’ts” during a job interview, please visit the following website:

http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-746-Getting-Hired-The-Interview-Body-Language-Dos-and-Donts/

One of the last things that you would want in a critical job interview is to have your body betray you.  Though you may be quite serious about your potential job, if you are drumming your fingers or looking away due to nervousness, you are emitting some bad signals to your potential employers.  And, needless to say, these negative gestures are not going to help you land that dream job or internship.

If you are more interested in interpreting other people’s body language the following “Tips for Decoding Body Language” link is a simple beginner’s guide on understanding body language:

http://lifehacker.com/infographics/

Though some body language is blatantly obvious to understand – for instance, a person that is screaming furiously is probably pretty mad—and some body language is universal –for instance, a smile displays pleasure—not all body language is easy to interpret.  For example, did you know that a person truthfully searching for a memory tends to look up, whereas a person that’s thinking of how to fabricate a story tends to look down?  Learning these helpful physical cues can help you in the long run in determining factors such as how to evaluate your boss, people you want to be around, and the dependability of coworkers.  Do bear in mind, however, that this body language guide and essentially all other body language guides are not completely foolproof.  So, a person that is sincerely interested in what you are saying for instance may always be shifting his/her eyes even if a guide affirms that such a person is a shady individual.

Overall, I’d say that body language is incredibly interesting to learn about and helpful in both understanding how you want to present yourself and how people around you are feeling.  When you see someone crossing their arms during a conversation, for instance, there’s quite a chance that s/he’s is mentally setting a barrier between himself/herself and you.  Understanding these everyday gestures on a deeper level will assist you in determining how to move forward with whatever situation you are in.

 

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