Body-language and nonverbal communication

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What does it mean: “I feel like”?

The phrase “I feel like” is part of a more general evolution in American culture. We think less in terms of morality – society’s standards of right and wrong – and more in terms individual psychological well-being… more

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Europeans learn Chinese but firms say don’t bother

The labor market grows especially in China. More and more Chinese on the other hand leave China to work or study in Europe or the US. Of course a basic language  competence is needed. But also a well based experience in the foreign language is needed.

To find this experience you have to work in the foreign country. This is just easy to know and to follow. And yet there is a big difference in the people`s interest and the interest of firms.

If you want to get to know more about this, just have a look:

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What is strange, who is strange and why, people think, somebody is strange?

I will tell you a little story about a man who as a child, born in Romania, came to Germany at the age of four. In Romania he was brought up in a very old German speaking and German rooted community. So he was used to the German language and the German culture. In those days this German rooted community was addressed as a strange community in Romania, a community of stranger, though they had the Romanian nationality. To bring it to the point: They were Romanians and not Romanians. They were Germans and they were not Germans.

The German government in those days was interested in the reintegration of such German speaking and rooted communities here in Germany. As I was told, German government paid some thousand German Marks for a grown-up person and ……….

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The Importance of Nonverbal Communication for expatriats

 Using effectively nonverbal communication when moving and relocating overseas is quite an important issue for people who go a country where they will meet very different cultural influences. I right now do not think especially about tourists but about people who have to live in a foreign country for quite a long time, as student, manager, representative of some organisation andsoon.

Spoken language is only7% to 35% of communication. The majority of our feelings and intentions are sent through nonverbal communication. Moreover we tend to search for signals when verbal messages are unclear or ambiguous.

Wordless messages or kinesics are the way we communicate by ………….

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Silence as dialogue – 默克尔访华:沉默的对话

I know about one big handicape of my blog. It is the language. It took me some time to find my decision,namely to choose English and not German or Chinese or any other language.

English is ranked as world language number One. It is spoken all over the world. But not everybody of course speaks English. And even when someone has learnt English at shool, maybe he or she is not familiar in speaking the language.

This not a problem. Really. You speak the language you like to speak. But how to write in an international blog on intercultural communication? ……………….

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Well language is always also body language. I talked about this already. Remembering Wittgensteins sentence, the German philosopher, language is sounding movement or the sound of movement. And movement is feeling. You know that feeling in English also means emotion.

A lot is written in psychology and psychoanalysis about this. One main concept is the following. I put it into simple sentences, I hope you forgive me for that. 😉

When a child is born it feels ………………….

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language is…..sounding movement…

or the sound of movement.

Sprache ist….Laut (laut) gewordene Bewegung.

Following the German philosopher Wttgemstein this means that language derives from movement. Movement is THE charactersiticum of life. If you are dead you cannot move. And when you can move this brings up feelings. Alweays. All this together he says is language.

So the word as part of the language is only ONE part of language. No more. There is also a life impulse, movement, feeling, expression, someone who is aware odf this andsoon.

Tomorrow I will talk about some psychoanalytical concept which leads to the same view. I will call it the Mama-situation or Mama-scene.

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Chinese as a compulsory foreign language in all schools

 This is an interesting and inspiring message. The more China moves towards the western countries, the more Chinese engage in western business and culture, the more western countries need to open up to the language.

Thus these means also to open up to a completely different way of nonverbal communication and body expression.  A way which we are not familar with at all. Just think of one fact: western are used to look at the other´s mouth when talking while Chinese are used to look at the other´s eyes while talking. 

Looking at the mouth makes it very difficult to get an impression of the facial expression. ……………………….

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More relevant factors of psychotherapy in China

Family (fealty) and the one-child policy: Family has always been strong in China and from an early age, family loyalty is seen as crucial to survival in the future, as one generation relies on the next for support in old age or infirmity. The one-child policy has dramatically affected the Chinese people’s experience and the lives of families. Under the one-child policy there comes an increased insecurity amongst the elderly and the young alike. Parents put enormous pressure on this one child from an early age to conform to educational expectations, moral responsibility, and the work ethic. In the past, maybe five or six children would have shared the burden, but today that is no longer true; single children feel the increasing need to make a success of life in order to care for their parents later. Cousins become brothers and sisters, which is an adaptive social support, but they cannot share the parental burden as each has their own.

The one-child rule is not rigid: one can have more than one child, but the state only recognises the first child as the recipient of state benefits and schooling freedom. Additional children become a financial burden to the parents. Girls are not appreciated in the family in the same way ………………

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language is not language

this morning a professor of philosophy critizised scientific language in an interview. The different sciences produce their own languages. This is understable concerning the field they are engaged in. This is understable regarding the various specialized issues they are busy with. This is understable because each science lives so to say in it´s own field, in it´ s own sphere.  And this is understable because each social or scientific field needs to have it´s own language to communicate more easily and more quickly.

But it´s not understable when thinking about those who are not integrated in this field. Who are excluded by not being able to understand the specific language the one or other scientist is using…………………………..

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