This week I will be blogging about body language and nonverbal communication for my Public Relations class. Body language and nonverbal communication are very similar. In fact, both of these terms are used to describe types of communication that do not involve oral communication, but are still able to transfer a message. These types of communication are helpful when a person may be attempting to describe something or when he or she are expressing an emotion. Being able to interpret and understand someone’s body language could help you become more affective in interpreting what they are communicating to you.
Understanding some specific types of body language and nonverbal clues could even help you decipher when someone is not telling the truth. According to Changing Minds.org, when a person is speaking to another person and his or her eyes appear to be larger than normal, as well as, their eyebrows being lifted at the same time, it is often considered that they are not telling the truth. Changing Minds.org thinks this type of body language can determine if someone is lying simple because those are similar types of body-language found in someone who is not telling the truth. However, this is not certain in all cases. Body language is also helpful in other areas such as determining how someone feels about you or when they are expressing a simple emotion.
An example of a nonverbal communication and a type of body language that is very easy to read is a smile. A smile is a type non-verbal communication that communicates that communicates that the person is happy. Another type of body language that is expressed that exactly opposite of a smile is a frown. A frown is also a type of non-verbal communication that is signaling that the person is unhappy or upset. These simple gestures or actions that a person can do, reveals something about them or how they are felling. Although these are simple examples, body language and nonverbal communication can go into much deeper communication and are unique to specific cultures.
Overall, nonverbal communication and body language can be effective ways to communicate. Having the ability to read and decipher certain types of these body languages can help a person be more effective in communicating to others. However, one most still remember that not all body language and nonverbal means the same thing. I have learned through out my college career that the semantics of body language do not also go hand in hand in certain situations. For example, if you and your friends joke around by ‘flipping off the bird’ as you pass one another in your cars as a form of nonverbal communication to communicate to each other a “friendly hello”, and you see the same car your friend has and express that same nonverbal communication, that person who you thought was your friend may not have the same reaction as your friend. So remember that body language and nonverbal communication can have several different meanings to different people.