Is body language real? This is a really good question. Nonverbal communication is essential to understanding others, so you should take some time to think about how you express yourself. When you do, there’s a good chance your opinions may change.
Nonverbal communication is 100% real. Body language is the study of eye movements, facial expressions, gestures, posture, tone of voice, and other body movements. Body language is the act of using nonverbal communication to express feelings or thoughts without words.
Body language has always been a topic of fascination for people around the world. It has been studied by various fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and zoology to further understanding human relationships.
Is Body Language Scientifically Proven
Some people believe that body language is not scientifically proven because it’s subjective. There are few studies around nonverbal communication that suggest body language is scientifically proven.
Body language can be measured through experiments. And most importantly, there are many gestures with different meanings across cultures – which means they’re universal!
If you want to prove nonverbal communication is real, simply flash your eyebrows as you greet others without saying hello. This should tell you, at least in your own mind, that it’s a very real way to communicate nonverbally.
Is Body Language Always Reliable
Body language is not always reliable. People can fake body language to mislead others for personal gains. It is possible to use body language to manipulate someone else.
The study of non-verbal communication, known as behavioral science, has shown that body language can be misleading or misinterpreted.
There are many reasons why people may fail to interpret accurate body language signals correctly. One reason may be an individual’s lack of exposure and experience with how the gestures are interpreted by others in the culture they are communicating in.
Another reason may be due to anxiety or fear which can cause one person’s natural gestures to differ from what they intend them to mean (e.g., the person may act assertively when feeling threatened). Body Language is not always reliable because it can lead people to false impressions or conclusions.
You will need to learn to read body language correctly in order to get a reliable analysis of the situation and even then you need to take into consideration your own biases, which is something very hard to do.
To find out how to read body language correctly, check out this post.
Is Body Language Learned Or Natural
The answer to this question has been debated for years. Some say that it is natural while others believe that it is learned. If you are interested, here are some of the arguments for each side.
The learned argument states that body language is learned by observing other people and these people are able to interpret the meaning of different body movements because they have seen them before.
The natural argument says that body language is natural because of the way we are engineered, with our hands and eyes being close together, making it easier to communicate through gestures than with words alone.
I would say that body language is learned and natural. For example, when a baby is born, they will naturally smile to connect with their mother. This is a biological signal sent to connect with the mother to build an instant bond.
Then, as the child grows, they will start to take on the family’s nonverbal and oral traditions. So, there is definitely an argument for both learned and natural nonverbal traditions when you take into consideration the above facts.
So there you have it: body language is real. We think so, and without it, we couldn’t express how we feel or understand others on a deeper level.
If you’re still not convinced could you watch a comedian on stage do his bit with a bag over his head? Would it be as funny if you couldn’t see his face? I don’t think so. I recently asked this to a comedian friend who also confirmed this would be almost impossible.
If you would like to learn more about body language, check out our other post here. Thanks for taking the time to read and we really hope you enjoyed learning more about non-verbal communication.