Gesturing is the expression of a person's thoughts, feelings and emotions through gestures. It is believed that excessive gesticulation is characteristic of emotional and impressionable people. In contrast, less gesticulation is characteristic of more reserved people with high self-control.
Gesturing as a way of transmitting information
Gesturing is one of the sources of non-verbal information. It is believed that about 40% of information is communicated with the help of gestures. For example, tourists who do not know the local language communicate with others using gestures, understanding each other.
Explaining the meanings of the interlocutor's gestures, one can conclude about his attitude to the subject of conversation and mood. Active gestures indicate that the person is agitated or agitated. For example, expressing the joy of a long-awaited meeting, a person will happily wave their arms, use open handshakes and hugs.
On the contrary, when a person is irritated and aggressive, their gestures will be harsh and expressive. In turn, the interlocutor, on whom such emotional pressure is exerted, will use protective and closed gestures: crossing his legs, folding his arms on his chest, clenching his hands into fists. Thus, the degree of emotionality is manifested in a person's gestures.
A person's gestures and speech are usually synchronized. However, there are subconscious gestures that are difficult for a person to control. When a person has internal disagreement and contradictions to the subject of the conversation, his gestures will differ from what he says.
Gestures and speech
Subconsciously, the body of such a person will send non-verbal signals in the form of gestures such as rubbing the eyes, frequent blinking, avoiding eye contact with the interlocutor. Therefore, in cases where a person lies and experiences internal inconveniences from this, his gestures will be unnatural and uncertain. He will look fussy, often touch his nose or ear with his hand, rub his neck.
It is believed that such gestures, signaling deception, come from childhood. A child, when accidentally confides in his parents in a prank committed by him or deceives them, covers his mouth with his hands. Over time, such obvious gestures that indicate a lie have faded and changed to minor gestures.
Persons whose activities are aimed at working with the public have expressive but moderate gestures. As a rule, they skillfully use the necessary gestures in order to evoke certain emotions in the audience. Such persons include: singers, lawyers, politicians. While honing their oratory skills, they first of all learn to convince listeners in the language of body movements and gestures.