Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Remembering Vincent Chin

The anniversary of his death on June 18 th reminds of the beginning of an important development and movement in the US. He was killed by two white workers after a dispute in a bar. He and a few friends were at a local bar celebrating his upcoming wedding. Also at the bar were two White autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz who later killed him.

Vincent’s death has had a powerful legacy on the Asian American community — as a result of the collective action demanding justice, it contributed to the development of the “pan-Asian American” identity that exists today.

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The body in psychotherapy 1

No more support
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Movement – our roots

I let myself go in movement. Movements live their own life in me. I don’t know from where a movement starts, from which foot, which hand. I offer my body so that the ideas and the movement can act. “Then I’m again touching my roots”, says the dancer and choreograph Ismael Ivo. His form, his way of expression are unique and deeply convincing.

This photo, made by my colleague Heike Rost, shows the stage, being prepared for a dance- performance

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Basics in Chinese Body language

“Body language forms a crucial part of everyday communication. Consciously or unconsciously we tend to use different parts of our body to convey certain messages across. It is a fact that body language is not used likely in all the parts of the world. The use and the meaning of certain body languages can vary widely across different cultures. Body language used in one culture could be altogether different from that used in other culture. The body language that maybe considered appropriate in one place might turn out to be offensive in the other. For instance, there are some sharp contrast between the body language used in the West and those used in the East.

We can find exclusive use of body language and hand gestures in China. China…………..

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Friendly souverenity of a German Manager – Managers` nonverbal behavior patterns on stage – (video) 2

This German manager looks very friendly. His facial expression is open and his eyes want to reach everybody on the panel and in the audience. His facial expression supports his words by an obvious modulation of intonation.

Looking around to the others on the panel brings up to my mind the idea of: making contact to everybody there, ant taking this as important nonverbal communication, shows that it is important for him to be in contact with, in order to answer the question or to show his position, concerning the one or the other issue he is asked to talk about. Behaving like this gives  a kind of sovereignty. This is ……………..

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The visual competence is also based on gender and sex

Nonverbal communication and body reading as an ability to be aware of the other is radically based on the competence of awareness. Scientific research shows that this competence is rooted in (brain) physiology on the other hand. And related to experience on the other hand. Experience so to say is closely connected with the surrounding context, society and cultural factors.

To see, so to say, means not to see. And not to see means …………

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How the body shapes the way we think

an interesting and convincing but also strange  approach to the issue of the importance of movement for developement and learning.

All of Pfeiffer`s projects contribute, one way or other, to the central theme of understanding intelligence. The central concepts which form the basis of the approach include embodiment (the physical realization of agents), morphology, system-environment coupling, dynamics, and material properties. Pfeiffer`s main research fields are biorobotics, learning and development, evolution and morphogenesis, and collective intelligence.

Pfeiffer and his collegues are convinced that movement and the ability to move are basic elements of intelligence. So, one could think that body language and nonverbal behaviour also are aspects of intelligence.

If you are interested just have a look at his book.

How the Body Shapes the Way We Think
A New View of Intelligence
Rolf Pfeifer and Josh C. Bongard
Foreword by Rodney Brooks

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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 language is body-language – interrupting communication- (4)

Volker once told me about this specific difficulty when filming in China. He remembered the time when he did a documentation film on psychotherapy in China. There were many people who sat in the room, his camera “pointed” to a person, standing, who talked about an experience. After some time this person stopped talking, so that Volker after some time tried to focus on another person, who was moving a little or, as it seemed to be, was probably the next to talk about his experience. Doing this  led to the point of missing an important moment. The Chinese who had talked and stopped talking suddenly went on talking, went on talking in a way as if he had not interrupted his presented experience. And it was important what he talked about.

In Germany or probably in other Western countries we get a feeling of ………………..

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