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Understanding the Meaning and Significance of Body Language

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In the lives of the individuals in both personal and professional spheres, they are required to put into operation various tasks and functions, deal with others and generate the desired outcomes. In order to achieve these goals and to do well in one’s job duties, it is of utmost significance for the individuals to be well-equipped in terms of various types of measures, strategies and approaches. Furthermore, they need to maintain a normal body language. In educational institutions of all levels within the course of pursuance of education and within the course of putting into operation job duties within employment settings, one is to deal with other individuals. Furthermore, one needs to cope with difficult and demanding situations. Hence, one puts into practice normal body language and facial expressions, one will be able to benefit to a major extent. These are, one is able to do well in their jobs, achieve the desired goals, form an effective social circle and bring about improvements in one’s overall quality of lives. Therefore, one is able to understand on a comprehensive basis that positivity in body language and facial expressions needs to be reinforced. The main concepts that are taken into account in this research paper are, understanding the meaning and significance of body language, aspects of body language, facial expressions that provide understanding of the body language in an appropriate manner and body language contributes significantly in leading to personality development of the individuals.
Understanding the Meaning and Significance of Body
Language
Dr. Radhika Kapur
Abstract
In the lives of the individuals in both personal and professional spheres, they are
required to put into operation various tasks and functions, deal with others and generate the
desired outcomes. In order to achieve these goals and to do well in one’s job duties, it is of
utmost significance for the individuals to be well-equipped in terms of various types of
measures, strategies and approaches. Furthermore, they need to maintain a normal body
language. In educational institutions of all levels within the course of pursuance of education
and within the course of putting into operation job duties within employment settings, one is
to deal with other individuals. Furthermore, one needs to cope with difficult and demanding
situations. Hence, one puts into practice normal body language and facial expressions, one
will be able to benefit to a major extent. These are, one is able to do well in their jobs,
achieve the desired goals, form an effective social circle and bring about improvements in
one’s overall quality of lives. Therefore, one is able to understand on a comprehensive basis
that positivity in body language and facial expressions needs to be reinforced. The main
concepts that are taken into account in this research paper are, understanding the meaning and
significance of body language, aspects of body language, facial expressions that provide
understanding of the body language in an appropriate manner and body language contributes
significantly in leading to personality development of the individuals.
Keywords: Body Language, Communication Processes, Facial Expressions, Feelings,
Individuals, Personality Development, Significance
It is comprehensively understood by the individuals, irrespective of their age groups,
genders, communities, categories and backgrounds that they need to implement
communication processes in an effective manner with others (Body Language, 2021).
Communication processes are the key to do well in one’s job duties and bring about
improvements in one’s overall quality of lives. Communication takes place in a written,
verbal and in a non-verbal form. When the individuals are implementing non-verbal
communication, they are making use of body language. Body language is regarded as the way
of non-verbal communication. This type of communication is more subtle. It takes place in
the personal as well as professional lives of the individuals. The individuals put into
operation this form of communication within homes, public places, educational institutions at
all levels and various types of organizations. In putting into practice this form of
communication, there are number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. These
are, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, touch, space and the personality of the
individuals. When the individuals are communicating with each other through body language,
they are able to make provision of accurate information to them. Therefore, communicating
through body language is regarded as efficacious and worthwhile.
In the personal and professional lives of the individuals, they experience situations
and instances, when they experience problems in communicating with others in a verbal as
well as in a written form (Cherry, 2019). Hence, they are required to communicate with
others through body language. When the individuals are communicating through body
language, they need to communicate in a polite and respectful manner, make provision of
factual information to others and treat others with respect and courtesy. One of the important
aspects that needs to be taken into account is, one needs to communicate in an open manner.
When one is standing or sitting with arms crossed, this indicates that one is a closed person.
In professional spheres, and when one is with relatives and friends, this type of body
language indicates that one is a closed person, and is not willing to interact with others. In
putting into practice body language, one needs to reinforce positive traits. Furthermore, they
need to ensure, they avoid negativities. In body language, there are three aspects that need to
be taken into account by the individuals, i.e. what is said with words, what is shared with
postures and gestures and the feelings of the individuals have an influence on the messages
and the information that is imparted.
In body language, the way one looks, listens, reacts and moves conveys to the
individuals, whether they are feeling concerned or not (Nonverbal Communication and Body
Language, 2021). The facial expressions of the individuals should be normal. When the
individuals get enrolled in nursery schools, the teachers impart information to the students in
terms of meaning and significance of body language. As the individuals grow and develop,
they need to generate information in terms of various aspects. When one generates
information in terms of norms, values, principles and strategies, one needs to ensure, they
keep a normal body language. In other words, the body language should be approachable and
pleasant. One needs to ensure, they should not depict any traits, which may appear to be
unpleasant to the individuals. Within homes, educational institutions at all levels and in
various types of employment settings, when the individuals depict a normal and pleasant
body language, they are able to form pleasurable and cordial terms and relationships with
others. Therefore, it is of utmost significance for the individuals to understand, irrespective of
their communities, categories and backgrounds that apart from making use of polite language
and decent words, it is necessary for the individuals to depict a normal body language.
Understanding the Meaning and Significance of Body Language
Body language is referred to the non-verbal signals that are utilized by the individuals
to communicate. The communication processes through body language takes place in the
personal and professional lives of the individuals. In some cases, it is work-related, whereas,
in other cases, it is not related to work. In some cases, when the individuals are in a joking
relationship with each other, one puts into practice body language on a large scale. The non-
verbal signals are regarded as an integral part of the communication processes to a major
extent. From the facial expressions of the individuals to body movements, the information is
communicated on a large scale. Facial expressions are regarded as the most universal forms
of body language. The expressions used to convey fear, anger, sadness and happiness are
similar in all communities. In one’s lives in order to lead to enrichment of personality traits, it
is necessary for the individuals to acquire an efficient understanding of body language.
Therefore, one is able to acquire an efficient understanding of the body language, when one
puts it into operation in communicating with others.
In body language, the way one looks, pays attention, responds and transfers conveys
to the individuals whether or not they depict the traits of anxiety and thoughtfulness. The
facial expressions of the individuals should be normal. When the individuals get enrolled in
nursery schools, the teachers impart information to the students in terms of meaning and
significance of body language. As the individuals grow and develop, they need to generate
information in terms of various aspects. Hence, body language is put into operation
throughout the lives of the individuals. When one generates information in terms of norms,
values, principles and strategies, one needs to ensure, they keep a normal body language. In
other words, the body language should be approachable and pleasant. One needs to ensure,
they should not depict any traits, which may appear to be unpleasant to the individuals. One
of the vital aspects in terms of which the individuals are aware are, one does not speak. One
is able to acquire an efficient understanding of the viewpoints of individuals through facial
expressions. Therefore, one is able to acquire an efficient understanding of the body
language, when one is able to communicate in an effective manner through facial
expressions.
Aspects of Body Language
When the individuals are conducting research on body language, there are various
aspects that need to be taken into account. When one generates information in terms of
norms, procedures, methods and strategies, one needs to ensure, they keep a normal body
language. In other words, the body language should be open-minded and pleasurable (Legg,
2020). When the individuals are putting into operation these aspects, one needs to ensure,
they should not depict any traits, which may appear to be disagreeable to the individuals. The
various aspects of body language are, repetition, contradiction, substitution, complementing
and accenting. These are stated as follows:
Repetition
In some cases, when the information is complicated, the individuals may not acquire
an efficient understanding in one attempt. Hence, repetition of information is regarded as
meaningful. Hence, when the individuals are putting into operation body language, they
usually are required to repeat the concepts. When the individuals are well-known to each
other and are aware in terms of the concepts, they ensure, they do not experience any
problems. Hence, when the information is repeated, one is able to acquire an efficient
understanding of the concepts and other kinds of information in one attempt. Therefore,
repetition is regarded as the aspect of body language, which is implemented by the
individuals on a comprehensive basis.
Contradiction
Contradiction is referred to incongruity, flaw, conflict and inconsistency. When the
individuals are putting into operation body language, they usually experience contradictions.
In most cases, when the information is imparted through body language, the individuals tend
to misinterpret it. In some cases, the communicators or providers of information are unable to
make provision of accurate information. In other words, they are unaware in terms of various
strategies of body language. Hence, one needs to put in efforts to their best abilities to avoid
any types of contradictions. Body language should be put into operation only when one is
well-equipped in terms of the ways. Therefore, contradiction is regarded as the aspect of body
language, which is implemented by the individuals in both personal and professional spheres.
Substitution
Substitution is referred to replacement, exchange or change. When the individuals are
putting into operation body language, they normally are required to replace, exchange or
bring about changes in the information. In most cases, when the information is imparted
through body language, the observers are not able to understand it in a well-ordered and
satisfactory manner. When they experience problems in acquiring an efficient understanding
of the information in an appropriate manner, the providers of information are required to
substitute it. Hence, one needs to put in efforts to their best abilities to make the individuals
acquire an understanding of the information in an efficacious manner. Therefore, substitution
is regarded as the aspect of body language, which is implemented by the individuals in
making provision of information in terms of various aspects.
Complementing
Complementing is referred to adding, completing, supplementing and perfecting.
When the individuals are imparting information through body language particularly in
educational institutions at all levels and in various types of organizations, they have goals and
objectives. They aim that others should acquire an understanding of the information in an
effectual manner, so tasks and activities can be carried out satisfactorily. For this purpose, one
implements measures and approaches for complementing the information that is imparted
through body language. Therefore, complementing is regarded as the aspect of body
language, which is implemented by the individuals in making provision of information
normally in educational institutions at all levels and in various types of organizations.
Accenting
Accenting is referred to emphasising, highlighting and stressing. When the individuals
are imparting information through body language particularly in professional spheres, they
need to take into account the aspect of accenting (The Ultimate Guide to Body Language,
n.d.). When the individuals in leadership positions such as, instructors, supervisors, and
employers are imparting information through body language, they need to highlight certain
points. They ensure that the individuals are able to acquire an efficient understanding of the
important concepts and factors. Hence, when the aspect of accenting is focused upon in a
well-ordered and appropriate manner, the individuals are able to do well in their job duties.
Therefore, complementing is regarded as the aspect of body language, which is implemented
by the individuals in making provision of information in terms of a particular subject or
concept.
Facial Expressions that provide Understanding of the Body
Language in an Appropriate Manner
Body language is referred to the non-verbal signals that are utilized by the individuals
to communicate. The non-verbal signals are regarded as an integral part of the
communication processes to a major extent. From the facial expressions of the individuals to
body movements, the information is communicated on a large scale. Facial expressions are
regarded as the most universal forms of body language. The expressions used to convey fear,
anger, sadness and happiness are similar in all communities. In one’s lives in order to lead to
enrichment of personality traits, it is necessary for the individuals to acquire an efficient
understanding of body language. In other words, it is necessary for the individuals to interpret
body language. When one is paying attention towards interpreting body language, one needs
to be well-equipped in terms of facial expressions that provide understanding of the body
language in an appropriate manner. These are the different types of facial expressions. When
the individuals depict various types of facial expressions, one will be able to interpret body
language in an appropriate manner. These are stated as follows:
Happiness
Happiness is a feeling that enables the individuals to smile, laugh and keep normal
facial expressions. When the individuals are happy, they are able to reinforce their
approachable nature and an amiable attitude. Within personal as well as professional lives of
the individuals, when they are putting into operation various tasks and activities or are
dealing with others, they need to depict happiness in their attitude. In other words, happiness
is the feeling that renders a significant contribution in leading to enrichment of the
personality of the individuals. Hence, throughout the lives of the individuals, they need to put
emphasis upon reinforcement of the feeling of happiness. The individuals form the viewpoint
that when they will depict happiness, they will be able to augment normal body language and
a pleasant personal appearance. Therefore, happiness is a facial expression that make
provision of understanding of the body language in an appropriate manner.
Contentment
Contentment is referred to serenity, gladness and satisfaction. When the individuals
are contented, they depict pleasant and agreeable facial expressions. When the individuals are
contented, they are able to strengthen their approachable nature and an amiable attitude.
Within personal as well as professional lives of the individuals, when they are putting into
operation various types of job duties and activities or are dealing with others, they need to
have normal facial expressions. In other words, contentment is the feeling that renders a
significant contribution in leading to enrichment of the personality of the individuals. Hence,
throughout the lives of the individuals, they need to put emphasis upon reinforcement of the
feeling of contentment. The individuals normally form the viewpoint that when they will
depict contentment, they will be able to enlarge normalcy in their body language and have a
pleasant personal appearance. Therefore, contentment is a facial expression that make
provision of understanding of the body language in a satisfactory manner.
Anger
In the personal and professional lives of the individuals, they undergo various types of
situations, which enable them to feel angry. When they are angry, it is apparent that the
individuals will not have normal facial expressions. Individuals do not take pleasure in
working or speaking with others, when they are angry. Anger is regarded as the major barrier
within the course of leading to enrichment of one’s personality. Hence, it is necessary for the
individuals to be well-equipped in terms of methods and approaches of exercising control on
the feeling of anger. The individuals normally are aware that when they are angry, their facial
expressions will not be normal and pleasant. Hence, it is necessary to exercise control on the
feeling of anger and prevent it from assuming a major form. Therefore, anger is a facial
expression that make provision of understanding among the individuals in terms of the body
language in an efficient manner.
Fear
The individuals, belonging to all age groups, genders, communities, categories and
backgrounds do feel fear in case of some situations. The feeling of fear is not regarded as
negative. But when this feeling is experienced, one is not able to have normal and pleasant
facial expressions. When this feeling is experienced in a major form, the individuals undergo
problems in concentrating on their job duties as well as in dealing with others. Hence, it is
necessary for the individuals to ensure they do not feel fearful, when they are dealing with
other individuals nor when they are getting engaged in any task or activity. When the
individuals experience lack of confidence or are fearful regarding a particular aspect, one
needs to put in efforts to their best abilities to overcome fear. Therefore, anger is a facial
expression that make provision of understanding among the individuals in terms of the body
language in a suitable manner.
Surprise
Surprise is referred to amazement or wonder. In the lives of the individuals, they do
undergo situations and instances, which enable them to feel surprised. The situations and
instances can be negative and positive. When the individuals feel surprised due to occurrence
of positive situations, their facial expressions are pleasant and agreeable. On the other hand,
when the individuals feel surprised due to occurrence of negative situations, their facial
expressions are normally not pleasant. Hence, it is necessary for the individuals to ensure
they do not let negative situations to assume a major form and have unfavourable effects on
their overall quality of lives. When the individuals are surprised regarding a particular aspect
in a negative manner, one needs to put in efforts to their best abilities to overcome the
problems. As having normal facial expressions is regarded as indispensable for the
individuals in leading to enrichment of their personality traits. Therefore, surprise is a facial
expression that make provision of understanding among the individuals in terms of the body
language in a worthwhile manner.
Confusion
Confusion is an aspect, which is experienced by the individuals, when they are not
able to acquire an efficient understanding of the situations or there are occurrence of any
kinds of misinterpretations. In the lives of the individuals, they do undergo situations and
instances, which enable them to feel confused. For example, when the individuals are
travelling and they are not aware in terms of a particular address, they feel confused. The
state of confusion enable the individuals to possess facial expressions, which depict anxiety
and frustration. It is apparently understood, when the individuals are anxious and stressed in
terms of various aspects, they will experience problems in having normal facial expressions.
Hence, it is necessary for the individuals to ensure they do not let negative situations to
assume a major form and influence their facial expressions in an unconstructive manner. As
having normal facial expressions is regarded as essential for the individuals in leading to
development of their overall personality traits. Therefore, confusion is a facial expression that
make provision of understanding of the body language in an adequate manner.
Sadness
The individuals experience various types of situations and instances in their lives,
which enable them to feel sad. When the individuals are overwhelmed by the problem of
sadness, they will experience problems in having normal facial expressions. But there are
some kinds of situations and instances, which enable the individuals to feel sad. Hence, it is
necessary for the individuals to ensure they do not let any kinds of situations to assume a
major form and influence their facial expressions in an unfavourable manner. But when
individuals have experienced situations, which will enable them to feel sad to a major extent,
such as loss of loved ones, they will not be able to have normal facial expressions. Within the
course of time, when improvements are brought about in situations, one will be able to bring
about changes in their facial expressions. Therefore, sadness is a facial expression that make
provision of understanding of the body language in a significant manner.
Excitement
In the personal and professional lives of the individuals, they undergo various types of
situations, which enable them to feel excited. When one is excited, it can be negative as well
as positive. When the individuals are excited in a negative manner, it is apparent that the
individuals will not have normal facial expressions. On the other hand, when the individuals
are excited in a positive manner, they will have normal facial expressions. But it is essential
for the individuals to depict decency in their conduct. Individuals do not take pleasure in
working or speaking with the individuals, when they are experiencing excitement in a major
form. Hence, it is necessary for the individuals to ensure the excitement should not be
expressed in a major form. As when it is experienced in a major form, it tends to have an
effect upon the facial expressions of the individuals. Therefore, excitement is a facial
expression that make provision of understanding of the body language in an adequate manner.
Desire
Desire is referred to wishes, wants and aspirations. In the lives of the individuals, they
formulate aims and objectives, which they aspire to achieve. When the individuals are
wholeheartedly dedicated towards the achievement of goals and objectives, they will augment
their knowledge in terms of various aspects. Furthermore, they will inculcate the traits of
diligence, resourcefulness and conscientiousness. The individuals are normally aware of the
factor that to fulfil their desires, achieve their goals and objectives and bring about
improvements in one’s overall quality of lives, one has to have normal and pleasant facial
expressions. One needs to focus upon fulfilment of desires and achievement of personal and
professional goals in a satisfactory manner. Hence, it is necessary for the individuals to
ensure, when they are augmenting their knowledge and understanding in terms of various
aspects and communicating with others, they need to have normal facial expressions.
Therefore, desire is a facial expression that make provision of understanding of the body
language in an appropriate manner.
Disdain
The individuals, belonging to all age groups, genders, communities, categories and
backgrounds do feel disdain in case of some situations. The feeling of disdain is not regarded
as negative. But when this feeling is experienced, one is not able to have normal and pleasant
facial expressions. In some cases, the situations and instances are avoidable, whereas, in other
cases, these are unavoidable. But the individuals need to be well-equipped in terms of
measures and strategies, which enable them to alleviate the feeling of disdain. The possession
of this feeling will not only have unfavourable effects upon the facial expressions of the
individuals, but also upon implementation of job duties and generation of desired outcomes.
When this feeling is assumed in a major form, the individuals experience problems in
concentrating on their job duties as well as in carrying out other tasks and activities. Hence, it
is necessary for the individuals to ensure, when they are enhancing their knowledge and
understanding in terms of various aspects and communicating with others, they need to have
normal facial expressions. Therefore, disdain is a facial expression that make provision of
understanding of the body language in an efficient manner.
Body Language contributes significantly in leading to Personality
Development of the Individuals
When one is paying attention towards interpreting body language, one needs to be
well-equipped in terms of facial expressions that provide understanding of the body language
in an appropriate manner. Throughout the lives of the individuals, irrespective of their age
groups, gender and personality traits, the body language is regarded to contribute in an
adequate manner in leading to personality development of the individuals. There are different
types of facial expressions, which the individuals express on the basis of various types of
situations and instances. When the individuals depict various types of facial expressions, one
will be able to interpret body language in an appropriate manner. When the individuals have
pleasant facial expressions, they will be able to communicate through body language in a
significant manner. Therefore, it is understood by the individuals on a comprehensive basis
that body language contributes significantly in leading to personality development of the
individuals.
The individuals, belonging to all age groups, genders, communities, categories and
backgrounds do feel negative in case of some situations. The negative feelings are regarded
as major barriers within the course of putting into operation job duties in a well-ordered
manner, achievement of personal and professional goals and in leading to development of
personality. When the individuals are paying attention towards understanding body language,
one needs to ensure, there are not occurrence of any kinds of negativities. It is indispensable
for the individuals to possess positive viewpoints. When one implements positive thinking,
one will be able to do well in their job duties as well as lead to development of personality.
When the individuals possess positive viewpoints and have pleasant facial expressions, they
will be able to communicate through body language in an adequate manner. Therefore, it is
understood by the individuals on a wide scale that body language contributes significantly in
leading to personality development of the individuals.
Conclusion
Body language is regarded as the way of non-verbal communication. This type of
communication is more subtle. It takes place in the personal as well as professional lives of
the individuals. When the individuals are putting emphasis towards interpreting body
language, one needs to be well-equipped in terms of various types of facial expressions that
provide understanding of the body language in a suitable manner. One of the important
aspects that needs to be taken into account is, one needs to focus upon reinforcing
constructivism. The individuals put into operation this form of communication within homes,
public places, educational institutions of all levels and various types of organizations. The
aspects of body language are, repetition, contradiction, substitution, complementing and
accenting. Facial Expressions that provide understanding of the body language in an
appropriate manner are, happiness, contentment, anger, fear, surprise, confusion, sadness,
excitement, desire and disdain. Body language contributes significantly in leading to
personality development of the individuals. Finally, it can be stated, body language is the
form of non-verbal communication, which is put into operation by the individuals in both
personal and professional spheres.
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