Despite my previous post, I eventually watched Transformers 3 with my parents. Okay, I'll admit it. The movie's actually great. Shia Labeouf <3
All body movements have "meaning potential".
I'm not really sure why, but for some reason, this statement really struck me. I guess it has something to do with the fact that one of language's powerful aspects could be contextualized in such an effective way with just a string of six words. Wow. Believe it or not, I found myself nodding in affirmation when I first read the said sentence. It's already common knowledge that language is indeed a powerful tool: we use it to convey messages and express what we feel. But, what if, this very same useful tool also has the ability to give away what we do not intend to show, and deliver what we do not really mean?
A classic example is someone crushing on another. Though we do not really intend to show it, our body language unfortunately fails us most of the time. We become extra-clumsy, our bodies become rigid, and we can't quite decide on our facial expressions whenever we're in that person's presence. Very grade school-ish, right? But apparently, these things happen without us even noticing, without us even consenting.
Let's face it. It's also natural for us to over-think, especially when it comes to matters related to someone we are interested in. There's a great tendency to decipher the person's actions, like everything's supposed to mean something. A simple smile, a nod or a quick glance at our direction make us feel all giddy inside. This scenario is very prevalent in movies because it really happens in real life. After much analyzation and thorough inspection, we come up with the ultimate assumption: I think he/she likes me back. Maybe yes, maybe no.
Since body language is an integral part of our everyday communication with others, we just have to accept its flaws and the consequences these may bring. We have to keep in mind that as sensitive humans, we are responsible for our actions and behavior. Intentional or not, we must refrain from doing things that could mislead the people around us, which may give rise to conflicts and complications. Who wants to be stuck in awkward and tight situations, anyway?
But then again, a little mystery won't hurt, right? Decoding or interpreting another person's body language every now and then adds thrill to a rather monotonous day. We may not be professionals in psychology or other technical fields, but understanding how others behave is one of the interesting ways one could learn about another.
Language, you fascinate me.