The Body Language of Culture
Body language is an element of our lives that is inextricably incorporated into all spheres of human interactions and functioning. It may happen that the same gesture in diverse cultures may have a completely different meaning so researchers from all over the world are recommending to gain as much insight into the concept of nonverbal communication as possible so as not to miss out on certain critical elements that could expose a person to unwanted circumstances. The current article dwells on the importance of learning the essentials of body language and then switches to reviewing the key elements of nonverbal communication such as handshakes, hand gestures, eye contact, head movements, physical contact, and sitting position. After a thorough overview of the key elements of body language, the author discusses the most interesting ways of learning body language. The paper is closed by an in-depth conclusion reiterating the importance of nonverbal communication and its role for the development of human community.
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