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Understanding Body Language and Facial Expressions

Understanding Body Language and Facial Expressions

When we talk about face to face communication, most people tend to think about verbal communication — conveying information and expressing our feelings using our voice. While verbal communication is important, it makes up only a minor part of communication.

A large part of communication happens non-verbally. Verbal communication is usually accompanied and enhanced by body language and facial expressions. According to experts, our facial expressions and body movements account for about 55% what we communicate.

From our facial expressions to our body movements, the things we don’t say can still convey volumes of information. Being aware of your own body language is also important so that you can present yourself in the way you’d like.

Understanding body language psychology isn’t always simple. But we’re going to help demystify the secrets behind body language signs.

Here’s how to read body language and the meaning behind different types of nonverbal communication.

Facial Expressions

Think for a moment about how much a person is able to convey with just a facial expression. A smile can indicate approval or happiness. A frown can signal disapproval or unhappiness.

In some cases, our facial expressions may reveal our true feelings about a particular situation. While you say that you are feeling fine, the look on your face may tell people otherwise.

The expression on a person’s face can even help determine if we trust or believe what the individual is saying.

Facial expressions are also among the most universal forms of body language. The expressions used to convey fear, anger, sadness, and happiness are similar throughout the world.

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