Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Body language book in Chinese

Finally it is done. My latest book on body language and nonverbal communication is translated into Chinese and published in Beijing. It took quite a long time to discuss with my translator or better to say my interpretor all relevant aspects. I am so glad that she did a very competent Job.

Please feel invited to have a look and communicate the book if you think ist worth.

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Gesture and words

Spontaneous gestures can help children to learn whether they use spoken language or sign-language. This is an important result of a new report.

It’s really interesting and important that the reported findings make clear that children have an understanding of the notions before they are able to express themselves in speech. Notion means here a gesture plus word-combination.

Children learn this from their parents. This of course, and this is another result, has been found with children who learn sign-language from their parents. Even deaf children who were not able to learn a spoken language learn a sign-language, so to say a homemade gesture-system in order to communicate.

Please read more about it via this link:

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Permanence of body language

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” — Henry Matisse

Matisse is a very famous French artist (painting). I just came across one of his remarkable sentences. This underlines that there is more than just body language or nonverbal communication performed by the body itself or by the person himself.

Painting and other art is so to say an objective of body language. An objective which can be regarded as a very personal expression and a cultural expression.



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A hesitating gesture

Chinese, especially female Chinese, like to expose themselves being photographed. They place themselves right away in front of the camera and wait for the relieving pic to be taken. Often they face something around themselves in order to give an impression of being related to this or that. Just like the little girl being related to this beautiful lotus flower.

Two aspects strike my mind almost always when I am aware of such a scene. First they expose and relate but in a more or less hesitating gesture. If you look at the hands or arms of the little girl you will see what I mean. She reaches out, or better to say remains ………

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Nonverbal training to become a professional

last week I came across this little picture at fb. It shows how important the nonverbal approach in psychotherapy is. It also shows how simple it is on the one hand and how difficult to learn. 🙂

Try yourself at home, with your friends or colleagues…..and you will realize how humerous or how dangerous it can be to behave like this.


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Woman flirting with her hair

Here is one more little information about I will call it „hair-gestures“ of women. It is quite, as probably most of you will know, important for the relationship between men and women. 😉

Here are four quite important gestures which are familiar to people in the western hemisphere:

  • A woman softly touches her hair and throws it back. This means “Hello, I want and need your awareness”
  • A woman is talking to you and puts her hair behind her ear. She shows that she feels very good and familiar in this situation, together with you.
  • If a woman tears her hair (out) and…………….
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Eyes or ears?

In western countries it is very popular and of course useful to look at somebody to get an impression of his body-language, nonverbal behaviour and his state of feeling. It is important to get an impression of that what is not put into words or verbal expression. This eye-approach is quite typical for western country. So the visual part of communication is activated and vitalized and a necessary competence for communication.

Of course people in China …………..

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The body in psychotherapy 5 (Therapists`feeling the client`s body)

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Language in Chinese and American Cultures, but with Different Meaning 

Here is some information on basic differences between China and the US

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Body language in Europe

well I wrote a lot about body language and gestures in China or what we think about it.

Here are some information about the other perspective: what it is like to communicate nonverbally in Europe or Northern America. Just have a look and get an impression. Within the next weeks I will write more about this perspective.

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