The Oldest Language
When it comes to deciding upon the most ancient language in the world there are disputes on various levels. Some dispute Sanskrit is older than Tamil whereas Hebrew and Icelandic are also some really old languages still spoken across the globe. But one will agree when I say that one language that surpasses the timeline extent of being the oldest is ‘Body Language’.
The Language of Ages
The Stone Age man used gestures and signals to communicate and convey his/her message. Ancient Neanderthals and Homo sapiens did the same when it comes to deciding on the nature of speech. Body language goes way back, the reasons being we give out more than we think we do through our way of projecting ourselves. When you talk to someone, your words contribute only 15-20% of what you want to communicate; the remaining 80-85% is communicated through your eyes, expressions, gestures and voice modulation. All these comprise into one umbrella of ‘Body Language’.
How does it work ?
Before understanding body language let’s dig a little deeper into the types of communication. There are primarily two types of communication,
Verbal communication is as it means, through the words we speak but non-verbal is a bigger area of concern, primarily because it consists of subtle gestures, tone, pitch, volume, eye contact, paralanguage, body language and much more. The whole premise of Non-verbal communication is more influential and lasting than the verbal communication. No one remembers the words you speak but how you speak.
A positive body language is always appreciated, be it in professional or personal life. When we talk about good vibes and good environment, it’s the people around that make it the way it is.
The types of body language include primarily of 3 types.
- Eye Contact.
- Body Position.
Gestures are the subtle body movements, next time try and understand what actors are trying to say with the TV muted, you will be able to make more of it as they talk. It’s about how people use various body parts as they communicate.
Eye contact is essential, maintaining eye contact with the person/group of people you are referring to shows confidence and vigor. It helps to convey the message with conviction. Looking away or the ‘lost’ look shows lack of confidence and uninterested. Body Position shows your mood. If you are excited, happy, bored, stressed or delighted, it shows in the way your body expresses itself. Try looking at a mime artist or an actor, they are living examples of how and what sort of body positions to make. Body positions include an arrangement of your legs and arms, head and body posture.
So are you conscious of your body language now?