Body Language of the Hands “Among all species, our human hands are unique -- not only in what they can accomplish, but also in how they communicate. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar, maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry. They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us. Our hands are extremely expressive; they can sign for the deaf, help tell a story, or reveal our innermost thoughts.” (“ What Every Body is Saying , ” Harper Collins) No other species has appendages with such a remarkable range of capabilities. Despite the acquisition of spoken language over millions of years of human evolution, our brains are still hard-wired to engage our hands in accurately communicating our emotions, thoughts, and sentiments (“ The Psychology of Nonverbal Communications ,” Kindle Edition). Our human need to see hands is so important you can try a simple experiment. .
5 Body Postures That May Actually Boost Your Self-Esteem Wisdom tells us that the body is not worth as much as our inner being. However, it is our body that bridges the world into our soul. It is the means that nurtures our being not only by what our environment shows us. It is also affected by the way we choose to move and act our bodies. Try to be aware of your body posture in different environments: How do you sit up at the family dinner table?How do you stand while waiting for the bus? Do you see any difference or any pattern? Kellogg School of Management described these helpful postures as those that open up the body and take up space. It was reported that these positions activate a sense of power and produces behavioral changes in a person regardless of his role in an organization. Here are 5 body postures that will fire up your confidence and performance. Stand or Sit Up Straight (Done Always)Straighten up your back from shoulders to hips. Your body connects to your brain and emotions.
8 Easy Bodily Actions That Transform Mental Performance Jump for joy, confuse for creativity, relax for better decisions, open up for pain tolerance and more… People tend to assume that body language just expresses how we feel inside. But it also works the other way: how we hold our bodies affects how we feel and think in all sorts of fascinating ways. One of the early studies found that people who put pens in their mouths in such a way that it activates the muscles responsible for smiling, actually experienced more pleasure. In the past few years the study of how bodily posture affects the mind has exploded. Here are 8 of the latest psychological studies on what psychologists call ‘embodied cognition’, or the intimate ways in which body feeds back to mind. 1. Feeling powerful can be useful but too much power can have a weird effect on decision-making. If you just want your decisions confirmed, then a feeling of power is good. 2. There’s little doubt that people tend to associated lower voices with more power. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. → Want more?
Gestures tell us much Gestures Offer Insight By Ipke Wachsmuth October 2006 Hand and arm movements do much more than accent words; they provide context for understanding Our body movements always convey something about us to other people. The same is true of gestures. Experts increasingly agree that gestures and speech spring from a common cognitive process to become inextricably interwoven. The Visual Information Channel Most of us would find it difficult and uncomfortable to converse for any extended period without using our hands and arms. Neurological findings on individuals with communication disorders also demonstrate a fundamental connection between speech and gestures. The interpretations of sounds and movements are closely related for the listener as well. For example, neuroscientist Spencer D. Kelly hooked test subjects to an electroencephalograph and charted their event-related potentials while they watched a video. Which Came First? See also In English please A world without time and number
Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory Can your lack of posture be the reason you are not learning and remembering efficiently? This question has been a point of debate for a while and we still have not come up with a clear answer. If it were up to teachers, the answer would probably be yes, pointing to slouching as a clear sign of student disinterest. And they might not be very wrong. Learning style researcher Dunn and Dunn has suggested that being “uncomfortable” engages the left side of the brain which is active in when we take in new information. The suggestion seems to be that when you remember something you are also reminded of the “state” of learning, a concept that not only includes posture but also emotions and surrounding environment. The question then seems to be that, if posture is actually affecting the way we learn, is it really such a detrimental factor? The reality probably lies somewhere in between these two ideas of state-dependent and cognitive learning and memory.
Improve Your 'Hunched over the PC' Posture One of the most neglected aspects of our health is our posture. Amongst all the guidelines on healthy eating and workout methods, this essential facet of our well-being is often overlooked. Posture provides the foundation for a balanced workout, deeper breathing, effective digestion and efficient functioning of organs. Improving your posture will benefit your overall health, give you more energy, help rehabilitate or prevent injury and increase sporting performance. That’s a lot of benefits for such an overlooked idea and I didn’t even mention that it would help you sit at your workstation longer and work harder without cramping! Here we take a look at six core stretches that will increase your flexibility from head to toe. Stretch One: The “Superman”The aim of this stretch is to finish at 90 degree angle, leaning forward onto a stretch band or other object with your legs straight, torso horizontal and arms extended. And that’s the six stretches!
18 Ways to Improve Your Body Language There is no specific advice on how to use your body language. What you do might be interpreted in several ways, depending on the setting and who you are talking to. You’ll probably want to use your body language differently when talking to your boss compared to when you talk to a girl/guy you’re interested in. These are some common interpretations of body language and often more effective ways to communicate with your body. First, to change your body language you must be aware of your body language. You might want to practice in front of a mirror. Another tip is to close your eyes and visualize how you would stand and sit to feel confident, open and relaxed or whatever you want to communicate. You might also want observe friends, role models, movie stars or other people you think has good body language. Some of these tips might seem like you are faking something. In the beginning easy it’s to exaggerate your body language. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
Want to Lean In? Try a Power Pose - Amy J.C. Cuddy by Amy J.C. Cuddy | 10:00 AM March 20, 2013 For women who may be “leaning out,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s urging to “lean in” requires some behavioral changes and deviations from how many women are expected to or accustomed to behaving. Fortunately, we have the power to do this for ourselves, through tiny tweaks that actually reconfigure our brains in ways that may make us more assertive, confident, relaxed, risk tolerant, and fearless. Recent experimental psychology from Dana Carney, Pranjal Mehta, Robert Josephs, Jennifer Lerner, Gary Sherman, and our lab at Harvard suggests that the best leaders — both male and female — seem to have relatively high testosterone, which is linked to decreased fear and increased tolerance for risk and desire to compete, and low cortisol, which is linked to decreased anxiety.
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The 4 Ways You Can Use Body Language To Influence Success If you see someone frowning, head bowed, shoulders slumped, it’s a fair bet they’re feeling low in confidence. But which came first: the slumped shoulders or the bad mood? Your body language doesn’t merely reflect your emotions, it’s often the cause. By learning some of the principal ways that your own posture, gestures, facial expression and even tone of voice affect your mind, you will be more aware of the factors influencing your mood, and give yourself an edge in presentations and negotiations. 1. Opening up your body and filling more space – known as a “power posture” – has been shown in studies to have a range of confidence-boosting effects. In a study published last year, Amy Cuddy and her colleagues at Harvard Business School showed that students gave more impressive speeches for a job interview if, beforehand, they’d spent two minutes in two power poses – one sitting, one standing. The next time you’re faced with an interview or public presentation, don’t pace nervously. 2. 3.
What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize Gestures - Jinxi Boo - Jinxi Boo Art by LaetitziaAs we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world. Because of the constant buzz in our technological world, it's easy to forget how important communicating face-to-face is. Body language is truly a language of its own. 10% from what the person actually says40% from the tone and speed of voice50% is from their body language. Lowering one's head can signal a lack of confidence. Pushing back one's shoulders can demonstrate power and courageOpen arms means one is comfortable with being approached and willing to talk/communicate The lowering of the eyes can convey fear, guilt or submissionLowered eyebrows and squinted eyes illustrate an attempt at understanding what is being said or going onA lack of confidence or apprehensiveness can be displayed when you don't look another person in the eyesOne tends to blink more often if nervous or trying to evaluate someone else
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How to Read Body Language More Effectively Body Mind And Modem: One-Point You see, one-point is not an invention of Aikido. It was a discovery made by Aikido practitioners. Now, Aikido (and it's related exercises) may very well be the best way to discover one-point and reinforce it's feeling. So now we'll give away the secret, and tell you just where one-point is located: It's about two inches below your navel, within your lower abdomen. It's hard to say exactly why this this is the best place to concentrate your mind. Stand with your feet side by side, about shoulder width apart. Have your friend place one hand just below your collar bone, and gently push toward your spine. Now stand the same way again. You will find that when you keep one-point, you are harder to move. That's a fascinating thing about one-point. This really comes in handy. Several of these ki tests are demonstrated in the Cool Ki Tricks section of this site. Stand, once again, with your feet side by side, about shoulder width apart.