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Body Language is also Language

The importance of body language

It’s communication* like any other form of communication. An extensive evaluation has been conducted into the relationships between posture and personality.

* /kəˌmjuː.nɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun – the act of communicating with people

Recent study by Amy Cuddy has shown that “Your body language shapes who you are” so this form of communication may affect others and yourself as well.

Body language is an important part of communication which can constitute 50% or more of what we are communicating. If you wish to communicate well, then it makes sense to understand how you can (and cannot) use your body to say what you mean.

It’s well known that good communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, be it personal or professional. It’s important to recognize, though, that it’s our nonverbal communication—our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and tone of voice—that speak the loudest. The ability to understand and use nonverbal communication, or body language, is a powerful tool that can help you connect with others, express what you really mean, and build better relationships.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Social psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Amy Cuddy teaches leadership at Harvard, earned her PhD from Princeton University and has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University.