The Body: Man's Silent Signals


Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters. —Macbeth

Even in absolute silence, animals are able to communicate with each other by an almost infinite variety of gestures and motions. In lower forms of life, such nonvocal expressions are often vital to the survival of the species. Man, of course, has the gift of speech. Yet he too is able to signal his moods and thoughts with a nonverbal vocabulary of gestures and expressions. These signals constitute a powerful silent language that is often as effective and direct as speech itself. The unspoken lexicon...

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