The way you look at someone can communicate many things, including interest, affection, hostility, or attraction.Eye contact is also important in maintaining the flow of conversation and for gauging the other person’s interest and response. Think about the messages given by the following: a weak handshake, a timid tap on the shoulder, a warm bear hug, a reassuring slap on the back, a patronizing pat on the head, or a controlling grip on the arm.
Have you ever felt uncomfortable during a conversation because the other person was standing too close and invading your space?We all have a need for physical space, although that need differs depending on the culture, the situation, and the closeness of the relationship.That’s because you can’t control all of the signals you’re constantly sending off about what you’re really thinking and feeling.And the harder you try, the more unnatural your signals are likely to come across.However, the meaning of gestures can be very different across cultures and regions, so it’s important to be careful to avoid misinterpretation.
Since the visual sense is dominant for most people, eye contact is an especially important type of nonverbal communication.
The way you listen, look, move, and react tells the other person whether or not you care, if you’re being truthful, and how well you’re listening.
When your nonverbal signals match up with the words you’re saying, they increase trust, clarity, and rapport.
Gestures are woven into the fabric of our daily lives.
We wave, point, beckon, and use our hands when we’re arguing or speaking animatedly—expressing ourselves with gestures often without thinking.
And if he takes your hand, he lunges to get it and then squeezes so hard it hurts.