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Silent Messages — Part 2: You know another language! Only you’re not speaking it…

Rochel Gellman

You walk into your house and your mother is standing at the entrance of the kitchen with her arms crossed… What does it mean?? The “Hows” of nonverbal communication and body language.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

nonverbal communication symbolsSetting the Stage — Appearance

Your appearance is the first thing people notice when they meet you. Experts claim that viewers form their impressions of us within just four to ten seconds of first meeting us. Indeed, recent psychological research has revealed that college students who look at a two second video clip of a professor teaching can predict how students who spend an entire semester with that professor will like the professor by the end of the semester! In concluding this study, students who rated the professor as highly likeable from only a first impression indeed found the class much more enjoyable throughout the semester versus the students who did not.

A person’s appearance gives over clear messages about their culture, mood, level of confidence, interests, age, authority, and values. An example a person with a sloppy appearance, messy hair, and wrinkled clothes sends the message, “I don’t care,” or “I am disorganized.” 

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