The Definitive Book of Body Language

The Definitive Book of Body Language

by Allan Pease
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Nonverbal Communication: Universal, but Different

Nonverbal communication is a form of communication that is understood by people all over the world, but the meaning of the gestures can vary from culture to culture. Common gestures such as smiling, baring the teeth, and the shoulder shrug are generally understood the same way in most cultures. However, the ring gesture, the thumb-up, and the V sign can have different meanings in different cultures. To avoid any misunderstandings, it is important to understand the cultural context in which a gesture is used and to follow the local customs. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the power and superiority signals that can be conveyed through gestures, as well as the V sign, which can have an offensive interpretation in some cultures.

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