Thesis About Body Language

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‘Get it off your chest’, ‘Stay at arm's length’, ‘Keep your chin up’, ‘Face up to it’, ‘Put your best foot forward’, ‘Kiss my butt’. Is it just a coincidence that various body parts are used in phrases to describe emotions or to put a way of behavior; or are they all well thought out expressions? Is this literally our body speaking? There are a few questions that I would like to answer through my thesis paper- what is Body Language? Is it more powerful than verbal communication? How can we read it? And can we fake it? Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say". A person stands in front of you, doesn’t utter a word…yet, you have already formed an image of what he is as a person, how come? If a person hasn’t spoken a word doesn’t mean his body hasn’t either…what you don’t know is, his body has a language of its own. Body language refers to the nonverbal signals that we use to communicate. So basically, it is…show more content…
For example, open palms are associated with honesty but when the faker holds his palms out and smiles at you as he tells a lie, his micro-gestures give him away. His pupils may contract, one eyebrow may lift or the corner of his mouth may twitch, and these signals contradict the open palm gesture and the sincere smile. However what we don’t usually notice are the situations where we fake body language to convince others of type of emotion. For e.g. when you are very sad but you don’t want another to notice that -you smile, interact with others- act those expressions out, which are associated with happiness. Similarly during an interview, there is a certain kind of body language to be maintained and for that moment we train our bodies to behave in that way- to appear a certain

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