Showing posts from January, 2019

The Language of Smiles

   In the early 19th century, a French scientist Guillaume Duchenne de Baulogne was a neurologist who undertook the first recorded scientific study of smiles by using electrodiagnostics and electrical stimulation to distinguish between a real smile and the variety of smiles. The study was conducted by analyzing the heads of people who were executed by a guillotine and the face muscles were observed. The scientist did this observation by pulling face muscles from many different angles to catalogue and record the smiles caused by the different muscles.    According to him our smile is controlled by 2 sets of muscles: the zygomatic major muscles which run down the side of the face and connect with the corners of the mouth and the orbicularis oculi which run down the side of the face and connect with the corners of the mouth along with the orbicularis oculi which pull the eyes back. Zygomatic majors pull the mouth back and expose the teeth by enlarging the cheeks. The orbicularis oculi


   Giving a right handshake to someone can be intimidating for many persons. A handshake speaks volumes about you when you are in a professional setting. Whenever you extend your hand for a handshake plan it in a way that it becomes a part of your introduction. When one extends a hand without a voice greeting, one may give the signal of being aggressive or nervous.    The Right Method is to take the hand of the person and pump it 2-3 times shaking it from the elbow. When you shake from the shoulder by using the upper arm rather than using the fore arm you are in risk of jolting the person. The grip must be appropriate; not limp and not very strong that the handshake becomes a painful one. Remember to smile and have eye contact while giving the handshake.    Business handshakes are very formal and brief. Holding the hand of the other for more than 2-3 seconds can become uncomfortable for the opposite party. The position of the palm should be perpendicular with the thumb up. People


Charlie Chaplin was the actor who pioneered body language skills through his silent movies. An actor was labelled good or bad by the expertise with which s/he used body signals and gestures to communicate to the audience. The most influential pre- twentieth century book 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' written by Charles Darwin gained great popularity when it came to learning body language because it produced the modern study of facial expressions and body language which have been accepted by the researchers all over the world. According to Albert Mehrabian, a researcher of body language, the total impact of a message is 7% verbal (only words), 55% non verbal and 38% vocal (tone, inflection and other sounds). " It's how you looked when you said it, not what you actually said". Ray Birdwhistelle, an anthropologist pioneered the study of Kinesics - that is non verbal communication. According to him, humans can recognise and make around 2,50,