We use body language every single day. We often end up judging people based on their body language. So now the question is, ‘What really is body language?’ The next question that follows is ‘How much really do we know about body language?’ Let us find out answers to these questions in our first part of the article titled 20 interesting body language facts.
Interesting Body Language Facts: 1-10
1. The scientific term for body language is kinesics (pronounce it as kin-EE-siks).
2. Body language is not just about body parts’ movements. It is also about facial expressions.
3. It can be voluntary or conscious or it can be involuntary or subconscious. Whether voluntary or involuntary, body language always conveys some kind of information.
4. Humans are not the only ones that make use of body language. There are several other animals that make use of kinesics to express information.
5. Body language is either a mood mirror or a mood betrayer. It reinforces speech and also replaces speech. Of these three uses, speech replacement is a conscious act.
6. Chirologia: Or the Natural Language of the Hand was the first ever modern handbook ever published on body language. It was published in 1644 and was authored by John Bulwer. The book dealt with hand movements.
7. Ogling someone’s body is also a body language because it involves eyes and eyes in turn are a part of facial expression.
8. It may look like men check out women’s body more than women checking out men’s body. This is not true. The ogling rate is same for both men and women. The only problem is that men get caught very quickly and women don’t.
9. Why does that happen? That’s because women have peripheral vision with wider range, making it extremely difficult to catch them when they gaze on a male’s body. On the flip side, males are equipped with poor peripheral vision which allows women to catch them quickly while they gaze on female bodies. Isn’t that sad? Women ogle too but men get all the blame all because of limited tunnel vision!
10. Just by noticing the blinking rate of the eyes, it can be said whether a person is lying or not. Eyes blink faster while lying or when people are under stress. The normal blinking rate is 6 times to 8 times in 60 seconds. This ramps up dramatically under stress.