Is Body Language Real? (Find Out For Yourself)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 6 min.

This is an age-old question that needs to be answered in a number of ways in order to truly get to the heart of the idea. If you want to figure out if body language is real then you have come to the right place we will take a deep dive into finding out if this is true or not.

The quick answer to the question “is body language real” is yes, of course, it is. We use signs and signals all the time, think about it for a second. We use our thumbs up for “all good” or we can flick someone the bird (middle finger) to show our anger at someone. But it goes much deeper than that.

Body language is a form of non-verbal communication. It is the use of physical appearance, gestures, posture, and other forms of body language to communicate.

The real question here is can body language be used to detect deception?

Can body language be used to detect deception?

Body language is a very powerful form of communication that can be used to detect a lie detection.

However, figuring out the body language of a total stranger can be very difficult and sometimes impossible, it’s the best guess kind of thing without much scientific proof or backing when it comes to deception detection.

There are a lot of important considerations when it comes to reading body language for example: can you detect deception, tell if someone is feeling sad, or show if someone is attracted to you? Can body language experts read police interviews to see if a person is lying or if all they’re doing is telling the truth?

Body language is often overlooked in communication, with estimates of up to 66% according to Chase Hughes, a leading expert on behaviour analysis and a part of the YouTube channel The Behavior Panel.

Misinterpretation of the facts.

There’s been a lot of exciting research done on body language in recent decades and experts often go back to the 1970s study done by Albert Mehrabian. It says that 93% of what we communicate with others is nonverbal and that words account for only 7% of it! However, this is not true and we can prove this quickly.

For example, if you’re face-to-face with someone and they don’t speak your language, chances are that you won’t be able to communicate anything substantive nonverbally. The percentage may be a little on the high side.

Chase Hughes, the world expert in human behavior, claims that 66% of communication is nonverbal.

Experts often use the theory of Albert Mehrabian as truth but in reality, it’s nothing more than a theory. The foundation for someone quoting Mehrabian is shaky. If you see an expert quoting Mehrabian then you should avoid listening to them is our adivce.

Having said that, if you are still interested in learning about body language, then check out

The Behavior Panel on YouTube.

What is the theory of an individual reading body language?

Experts in body language say they can read what people are feeling or hiding by observing their body movements, facial expressions, and the words being used. The theory is that body language experts have studied people for long enough to detect a shift within a person’s normal behavior called a baseline in body language. In turn, they can use their skills to tell if someone is lying or being deceptive.

Can Reading Body Language Hurt Anyone?

Yes, some of the so-called abilities to detect lies have been used to create programs for police officers, and law enforcement, and used in courts for jury selection.

But these theories are not based on any scientific evidence. Listening to these people who have been trained in the art of behavioural analysis could lead to misinterpretation.

There are no reputable places to learn body language from, as it is not currently taught in schools, colleges, or universities.

That being said, you can still glean a lot of information from facial expressions or the way someone talks. When thinking about how to read other people, the first thing you might want to try is getting a sense of what their baseline is. If someone is upset but trying not to show it, for example, then their body language may be closed off but surprisingly open with their words.

If someone is relaxed, you can probably tell from the way they’re moving and talking. It’s when these two things are out of balance that you’ll have to pay attention to their words and facial expressions a little bit more closely. To learn more about a person baseline check out this article here.

Context

The most important thing to remember about body language is that it is highly contextual. This means that the same gesture or posture can mean different things in different cultures or even in different situations. For instance, in some cultures, eye contact is considered to be very important, while in others it is considered to be rude.

When reading someone for the first time, think about where they are, who they are with, and what is going on around them to get a good understanding of the context around the analysis.

Is Body Language Scientifically Proven

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

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

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.

Summary

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.