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Language is commonly believed to be a system of communication that consists of sounds and written symbols. We can also communicate in other ways by using our facial expressions, our tone of voice and even our whole body. Actually, in many situations, non-verbal communication can reveal more accurately what a person is feeling. Body language always speaks the truth, whereas words may often be misleading.
For successful communication both at the office and at home, an understanding of body language is important. At work, non-verbal communication is related to power. For example, people in charge tend to lean back in their chairs, fold their hands behind their heads and put their feet up on the desk or table. They often dominate conversations, both talking and interrupting more than others. Those who follow orders, on the other hand, are much less relaxed and tend to sit on the edge of their chairs with their arms tightly folded.
Body language plays an equally important role at home. The interesting thing is that children are partiqularly quick to pick up on non-verbal signals and can distinguish between what is said and what is really meant.
The meanings of gestures.