Let’s discuss Body Language:
In the world, according to language experts, there are nearly seven thousand recognized languages. Each of these is spoken as a means of communication between those who share that specific communication foundation. With so many languages, it is hard to fathom a means of communicating that could transcend across all of them. Yet, body language is a nonverbal means of conveying messages that appears in each of these languages and across all language barriers. The following explains more about how body language impacts communication and just who benefits from its use.
Body language is more than just how we react or act in a certain situation. It is actually a subconscious language that the human body and mind use to convey a specific message. Crossing the arms, for example, is not always an action that is done with forethought and with decision. Instead, it is a way to communicate anger or frustration through the body. Nonverbal communication should be seen as a type of language that the body utilizes in order to convey a particular message without the use of words.
Who Uses It
Body language is a dialogue and method of communication that transcends all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, and spoken words. Studies show that each culture and language has the ability and does utilize this language as a means of conveying a message even without any dialogue used. There are, however, those that rely on body language more than others. Those with a hearing problem or the deaf often rely on communication through the body to make up for the verbal communication barriers that may be present in their lives. It is a way to convey to others without using the spoken word. Studies have also shown that those individuals who may struggle or be faced with other verbal language barriers also benefit from body language. It has been shown as a way to aid individuals with autism and those with other cognitive disabilities in conveying the messages that they want to but may be unable to speak.
The problem that exists with the use of body language is that it can often cause a message to be shown that an individual may want to keep hidden or private. For example, the body may convey anger, sadness, or elation without a conscious decision being made to do so. This can lead to miscommunication as much as it can lead to the sharing of information. For these reasons, the benefits of body language as a means of communication can be problematic as well as highly beneficial. The context and the awareness of the individual is ultimately the determinant of the effectiveness.
So, what is more important, body language or verbal one?