Hello. Are you out there? Are you reading this? Please get back with me.

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This  is an off-the-cuff blog from a person who is tired of living in an ivory tower.

Huh?

It’s off-the-cuff since I am actually writing it on Word Press as opposed to writing it elsewhere and adding it.

I am the person who feels like I am living in a ivory tower because I don’t know if any one is reading my work.

I have statistics that say that a few people look at the column every day, but I am not getting any feedback. One attempt I made was to add a facebook “like” button at the bottom of each post, but I don’t know if any one is making use of it.

I don’t know exactly how to look for comments, but mostly what I see on my dashboard comments section are pingbacks, concerning where my blog appeared in the places I have asked that it go. I also see that my Alexa numbers for both this blog and my charity website are dropping. These are good signs that the blog and website are healthy.

Only I wish for more. I want dialog, conversations, remarks good or bad. I want to make a difference. And if I am, I want to know that I am.

I have written about all sorts of different things from body language and personal anecdotes  to a serious study of poverty spells. I have written about brain entrainment, potty training and backyard wildlife habitats.

The only dialog I have had was over the body language blog about George Washington’s rules. That was a rather silly discussion, but at least it was a discussion.

Hello. Are you out there? Are you reading this? Please get back with me.

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Body Language: Nonverbal Clues

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The study of body language is much more than just a study of how people move their bodies. Some of the aspects we need to understand nonverbal communication include the following:

  • How the body is positioned
  • How close two people are to each other and how that can change
  • Facial expressions
  • How the eyes move and focus
  • How people touch themselves and others
  • How bodies connect with things like glasses, pens, cigarettes and clothing
  • How a person breathes and perspires
  • Voice type and other sounds can be used here as part of understanding non-verbal clues.

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Practicing the Study of Body Language

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It’s sometimes hard to read body language. Some people can do it easily and the rest of us are clueless. That’s why there are so many television shows about people who are very good at reading body language. It is a gift.

That doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t learn it, but it takes work for us.Here are some ways to practice:

  • Watch other people, even on television. Look at two people’s positions to each other. Think about their proximity to each other. Are they very close together? If so, they really like each other. The further way the less they actually care. If they move closer to each other, they are showing that they are warming up to each other.

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Mouth to Mouth Body Language

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The mouth is related to very many body language signs, probably because its main function is verbal language. But although the mouth is also associated with infant feeding, it also is associated with later life feeling of security, love and sex. You can read more on body language on this site: http://1to101.com/Body_Language.

The mouth also has more visible moving parts than any other sensory organ, so there is a greater potential variety for signaling. The mouth can act independently of hands and fingers which is another reason it deserves more detailed consideration.

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What your body tells others

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Have you wondered what your body language is telling others about you? A website that talks about this is: http://www.ourbodylanguage.com/.

There are some things that you probably do unintentionally that tell others how you feel. Here are a few:

The eyes have it

  • When you look a stranger in the eye, you are telling him you want to know more about him.
  • When you look at a person’s mouth, you could be saying that you are not comfortable looking in his eyes or that you would like to give him a kiss. Better watch where you look.
  • If you only look at one part of a person’s face, you are telling her that you are nervous.
  • When look away from her or lean away from her, it usually means that you are telling her you don’t like her.
  • When you raise an eye brow, you are probably thinking, “oh really?”
  • Looking up means you are thinking about what a person is saying.
  • Closing your eyes half way tells your partner that you are suspicious while widening your eyes means you are amazed.

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