COUNSELLING BLOG

1,207 notes

How to Connect through Open Body Language

1. Be sensitive to body space. Don’t stand too far away from the person, or fold your arms across your chest. That sends the message “I don’t want to get close”. At the same time, don’t invade the person’s space – as standing too close is highly threatening.

2. Maintain steady but soft eye contact. If you avert your gaze that says you’re insecure; but staring for too long is intimidating. Eye contact should be confident and comfortable.

3. Invite the other person into your thought processes. Share your ideas, and think aloud. Also, welcome their comments – and don’t just brush them off.

4. Watch out for quick and stilted body movements as those create discomfort in relationships. Instead, run your hand through your hair, or use your hands when you talk as that creates a more dynamic interaction.

5.  Related to this, minimise distracting movements like biting your nails as those usually turn the other person off.

6. Speak slowly and clearly in a varied and interesting voice.

7. Express emotions through your face as that makes you seem much more genuine.

8. Match your pace to the other person’s pace. If they are slow and hesitant then slow your pace down; if they are quick and lively then try and match that pace.  

Filed under counselling psychology therapy body language communication skills mental health success inspiration motivation self improvement self help online counselling college

  1. thedayofthefancifulsovereign reblogged this from psych-facts
  2. relationshiplab reblogged this from sjbkck
  3. sjbkck reblogged this from onlinecounsellingcollege
  4. dionysess reblogged this from dionyses
  5. koifishblues reblogged this from microwavepenguin
  6. microwavepenguin reblogged this from psych-facts
  7. itcanbeover reblogged this from psych-facts
  8. hvfdsuj reblogged this from spinelllli
  9. katniss-everbeans reblogged this from neysayeah
  10. spinelllli reblogged this from psych-facts
  11. rowdysilhouettes reblogged this from viralfacts
  12. freshbreadandchocolate reblogged this from psych-facts
  13. sinshine reblogged this from winifredjay and added:
    I suck at every single one of these except number 7.
  14. winifredjay reblogged this from onlinecounsellingcollege
  15. wordsembeddedinu reblogged this from alphaalpacabootination
  16. pochachou reblogged this from psych-facts
  17. smallpurr reblogged this from clovertail
  18. thisisme-nowfuckoff reblogged this from psych-facts
  19. mikaylamalice reblogged this from psych-facts
  20. aniimosity reblogged this from psych-facts
  21. nebufae reblogged this from onlinecounsellingcollege
  22. real-enough reblogged this from jacksrememberies