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Body Language and Nonverbal Communication January 28, 2010

Filed under: PRCA — kbixby1 @ 8:07 pm

Hi Everyone,

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, 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 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.


7 Responses to “Body Language and Nonverbal Communication”

  1. Hey Kristen! I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your blog about body language and nonverbal communication. I thought it was interesting when you explained how to tell if someone is lying. I think we all do things that we don’t realize and others can pick up on it through our body language. If only we could hold up a mirror in front of us so that we could see what kind of expressions we display 🙂 I agree that both body language and nonverbal communication are effective ways to communicate and by understanding both of them we can communicate more honestly with our audience. Can’t wait to read your next blog!

  2. marielorelei Says:

    Your post mentions that Changing Minds stated that widened eyes and lifted eyebrows are an indicator of dishonesty. I’ve found that most people have widened eyes and lifted eyebrows when they are telling stories that they are excited or extremely enthusiastic about. I guess it’s possible that maybe this reaction could mainly be attributed to the fact that the creative or some other rather engaged portion of the brain is being activated. I presume this because coming up with a lie involves as much imagination as trying to remember an experience fully so as to properly share the experience with a friend.

    Great job trying to link what you learned in general semantics with this discussion on body language.

  3. mspille1 Says:

    I loved the fact you found about how to tell if a person is telling the truth. I’m definitely going to keep that in mind! Non-verbal communication can tell more to others than you would expect it to! Good post Kristin!

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  5. Hi Kristin! I enjoyed your blog. You have provided a lot of great tips for us to watch out for. It is hard to recognize when you do little things that may give away what you’re thinking. This way of communicating is very effective, but it may mean different things to different people. It’s important to realize what kind of actions you portray at all times so that they are no miscommunications.

  6. ashleyprisfunrenfroe Says:

    Hmmm one thing I found interesting was the lying body language. I feel like I can also associated wide eyes or raised eyebrows with excitement or interest. I can see both ways though. “Flipping the bird” was a funny example. I always hate when you do something like that and someone else catches you or you do it to the wrong person by mistake! Non verbal communication actually does say alot…if that makes sense. Communication doesn’t just happen through speech. You never know who is watching you, so be careful and aware of how you are putting yourself off to others even when you aren’t speaking.

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