Non-verbal communication is constantly present, in each situation, with every person, whether intentionally or unconsciously. The big question now is whether you are able to detect, read and decipher all these bodylanguage signs and signals.
Our educational blog is all about communication and its‘ essence, bodylanguage. We want to address all of the questions we are being asked repeatedly in our lectures as well as when consulting and in our coaching sessions.
Long before humans communicated by speaking through words, they used non-verbal bodylanguage expressions to convey messages. Through sounds and noises alone, people communicated signals with each other. Later in history, the masses were informed of what was happening around the world via printed words such as newspapers, and that was an advantageous era for people who were able to express themselves and put their feelings into words. People who were better at expressing themselves through spoken words only gained importance once radio transmission was invented. Some time after all of that, television joined the human world as another mode of communication.
Since bodylanguage is mainly perceived subconsciously by the untrained eye, it is often noticed as an intuitive feeling and often dismissed as irrelevant, but there are common idioms in most languages today that refer to body language as the main form of expression.
Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. To wrap my head around it.
Keeping someone at arm’s length. Where is your head at?
I’ll turn a blind eye to this. To get something off your chest.
Show me what you want to tell me
Charles Darwin enabled bodylanguage with his book on language in 1872 to be recognized as an academic area of interest and since then, his observations and recorded signals have been researched and largely validated. Around the middle of the 20th century, more attention was paid to the importance of bodylanguage as a vital part of communication and funds have been put into that research. A researcher by the name of Albert Mehrabian concluded that merely 7 percent of communication is transmitted verbally, which means via the spoken word. It’s not about what you say, but how you looked when you told me. There are still people who supposedly only see the verbal spoken word as a message bearer, which leads to many people ignoring obvious bodylanguage signals or to remain uninformed about the importance of bodylanguage, even though it is the biggest and most expressive factor of communication. Ever since then, researchers have detected and deciphered almost one million bodylanguage signals.
Still to this very day, it remains difficult for some people to realize, that we as humans are biological and instinctive beings. Although we have evolved and improved our abilities, we are still guided by certain intuitive behavioral patterns. That is why bodylanguage can only be controlled up to a certain extent and with a lot of training. Most people don’t even realize that their posture, their gestures, and even the smallest facial expressions convey so much more than the words that are said. We can only control our bodylanguage for a few moments, after which our naturally uncontrolled, biological being takes over again.
All of our bodylanguage signals express what we feel on the inside; whether it may be emotional reactions, thoughts, feelings and even intentions.