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Body Language, Part I

Yisrael Rutman

It’s not only words we use to express our thoughts and feelings. We use our bodies too. We talk with our hands, we nod our heads, stand at attention, shrug our shoulders, and turn our backs on things we don’t like. In this article, we explore body language, and offer some advice on how to get your message across.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

One of the first things a person does in this world is cry. Nobody knows for sure why this is, and the newborn babies aren’t saying.

Some suggest it’s because their respiration (breathing system) begins to work at birth, and crying allows the baby to quickly get oxygen into his lungs.

Here’s another idea: Humans are the only living beings that cry. Animals do make distress calls, but only people produce emotional tears. So in a sense, by crying at birth, the baby is announcing to the world the arrival not of an animal but of a human being.

Until he can talk, crying is a baby’s main language to tell us he’s hungry or uncomfortable or wants to be held.

 

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