Understanding Body Movements - Lesson Summary
The mouth conveys evaluation gestures which are important markers during any dialogue. Before the decision is made and verbalized, these gestures give us a window to negotiate.
Genuine smiles are more symmetrical on both sides of the face and have a much more gradual onset and offset than fake smiles.
The Turned Away Smile encapsulates both openness and shyness and it can signal welcome as well as avoidance.
Culturally a smile is practiced differently and is governed by display rules, although members of all cultures exhibit both Duchenne and social smiles.
The ‘Ideal Affect of a Nation’ is defined as culturally valued emotions and how people want to feel.
The cross-cultural differences in the use of smiles may result in confusion about intentions and emotions.
In the German culture smiling is reserved for friends and family members and it may not occur during introductions.
In the Vietnamese community, silence or the use of the ‘reluctant smile’ can be used as an expression of negative emotions.
Apart from likeability or its absence, head-nodding and head-shaking respectively is also associated with judgements of interpersonal competency.
Head-nodding is a signal to others that you wish them to continue talking and it is widely used by professional to encourage and motivate their clients to self disclose at length.
The rubbing together of our palms signals a positive expectation and the speed at which a person rubs their palms together signals different ideas.
Combined with a chopping action, the downward palm indicates emphatic disagreement usually authoritative.
The Mid Position Gesture is usually done when a person feels that they are failing to convince the other person or are anxious about what they are saying or hearing.
The Thumb-up Gesture is commonly used in many cultures to signify a job well done.
If the legs are outstretched and loosely crossed at the ankle, it usually signals that the person is at ease and comfortable.
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