Non-Verbal Signals

It’ll be a lot easier to be aware of other people’s emotions if they would simply tell us how they felt. But since most people don’t, you’ve got to resort to asking questions, reading between the lines, guessing and trying to interpret nonverbal cues. How person is feeling can be determined by looking at their behaviors or their actions. Emotionally expressive people are the easiest to read, because their eyes and faces of constantly letting you know how they’re feeling. People with good empathy are able to pick up on the subtle clues in the nonverbal signals from all types of people. They appreciate not only what is being said, but why it’s being said, by picking up on these clues and working with them. nonverbal signals include the size and number of gestures. Are the gestures, large and expansive. And there are many of them. Are they small and contained and there are a few of them. The body movement is interesting. Is it fluid and relaxed? Or is it formal and stiff? This links into the posture, again in formal fluid and relaxed or stiff, upright and formal. emotions can be expressed readily on the face. And by picking up on facial expressions, you will learn a lot which will help with your empathy. Does the person give away a lot of information around their emotions on their face by smiling or frowning? whenever they’re experiencing an emotion? Or do they keep their emotions in check, and their facial expressions show a lot of control? The eye contact is interesting. Is it empathetic and fluid and relaxed? Or is it a fixed stare? The tone of voice will give you a lot of clues according to the rhythm and the tambura that the person uses when they speak. The volume of speech? Is it loud? Or is it soft? The pace of speech will give some clues? Do they speak very quickly? Or do they speak very slowly and in a deliberate manner. This links into how they’re listening and how you’re listening. When we listen to the tone and look out for the body language we learn far more in a test when the instructor says a single word. For example, maybe thanks terrible, with different voice tone and body language. It was found that the impact on the audience was 7% for the word 38% for the tone, and 55% for body language. As words become sentences, paragraphs and speeches, the influence of the words grows relative to the others. Nevertheless, the nonverbal elements still play an important role.