Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Life long learning to be silent

“It took years to learn to speak and a life long to be silent.”

With these words the famous writer Ernest Hemingway, a master of words, brings it to the point what nonverbal communication is about.

It takes a bit longer than two years for a child to learn to speak, Hemingway’s focus is true.

Mankind belongs to the speaking and reflection species of nature. This is connected with the competence ……………..

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An inspiring island of body experience

I am sorry being so late in writing. Right now I am in Shanghai for a Workshop on body-to-body-communication and a panel lecture on Body psychotherapy at the IFP World Congress on Psychotherapy and Mental Health. Today I will have a lecture at the Fudan University. And from tomorrow on there is a 5-days-Workshop with Managers at the HRI on Body language and nonverbal communication.

Quite a big Programm and yet enjoyable and of course really inpiring.

The Little time I am off I use it to experience more about the Body ad China. So pleae wait a little. I will write more after May 23rd. 🙂

Have a nice time.

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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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Respect for a first detail is the start of exploration (an embodyed story part 4)

When I had entered the tiny shop or so to say small studio of the old woman my eyes first caught sight of this puppet which you can see on the photo. A lifeless puppet as it seems to be. Not really interesting. Not worth to enter the shop I said to myself. And yet the arrangement of the puppet without a head and the other stuff looked so strange and thus attractive, that I started looking around. Maybe it was the fact that there was this uncoordinated arrangement, with ……………   

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An embodyed story (part 1)

What is the secret of these hands?

And this a hint to how it happens as it happens:

  • a first sight, perhaps for a second
  • you look around, you see many other things and the first sight stills stays in your mind
  • you feel some kind of attraction
  • you don`t know why but you feel the fact that it is as it is
  • and you slightly begin to realize that there is some hidden meaning, some meaning thogh you don`t know what kind of meaning

I can tell you that this probably will happen to you wherever you are in the world.

How do you thing about? Do you agree?

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Men and women…………

There is an old saying in China, 男女授受不亲(nán nǚ shòu shòu bù qīn), which means “men and women should maintain a proper distance from each other”.

Just have a look how it works today. 🙂

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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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Nonverbal communication in Thailand

The traditional Thai greeting is called the wai. In general, the younger person greets first, by placing the palms together at chest level and bowing slightly. If someone wai to you, it is polite to wai back.

In giving or receiving gifts or passing things, Thais ordinarily use the right hand. They place the left hand under the right elbow, and bow the head slightly.

Do not touch …………….

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The US hurricane: knowing  about it and feeling it is not the same

The big hurricane shockes the US. New York`s major talked about what happened while Lydia Calas showed the people how it felt to be there. These two people and their performance outline the big difference between words and facial expression, nonverbal expressio9n and body language. The last really touches the people.

Lydia Calas is poetry in motion and she’s opera for the eyes. Lydia Calas IS the Maria Callas of sign language interpreters.

By popular demand, Lydia Calas, …………………

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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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