Nonverbal language studied by television industry

Oh That Body Language!
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Body language is an important part of everyday communications and relationships. It is important to people in business management, leadership and day to day interactions. Nonverbal communication is also important to relationships outside the workplace in such interactions as dating and parenting.

The television industry is well aware of need to study nonverbal communications. One drama teacher has a website you might be interested in. It’s Another is 102: Insiders Guide to Getting on Television

This communication skill includes listening because while nonverbal signals are exchanged. These are accompanied by spoken words as well.

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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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The first poverty spell

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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class. This is a relatively new problem that is a result of the Great Recession. I will show how it has been studied in various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agency information on the subject. Bear with me. This is a long blog.

I began seeking articles about poverty spells, particularly the first spell.  I expected to find a wealth of information, but instead found precious little on the first poverty spell.  While very out of date one of the first articles on poverty spells was an NBER Working Paper Series;  “Slipping into and Out of Poverty: The Dynamics of Spells”; by Mary Jo Bane and David T. Ellwood; Working Paper #1199; National Bureau of Economic Research ; 1050 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; September, 1983; hereafter referred to as Bane and Ellwood.

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6 Body Language Clues

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Body language is everything a person does to communicate that is not in words. This includes posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Most of this is done subconsciously, although there are some that are quite voluntary.

Nonverbal communication helps other people figure out the state of mind or attitude of another person. But it isn’t always simple to figure out. Using a particular rude hand gesture is voluntary, but many of the involuntary signs can point a person in the wrong direction. For this reason the information below is just the start to understanding another person, but it isn’t accurate in and of itself. Professional observers limit the weight they place on nonverbal cues, in spite of what we see in television shows like “Lie to Me.”

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