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The Fascinating Science Behind 'Talking' With Your Hands

The Fascinating Science Behind 'Talking' With Your Hands

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Hand gestures are healthy and normal

Hand gestures are healthy and normal

Hand gestures while talking are a powerful aspect of communication.

A study analyzing TED Talks found viral speakers used nearly twice as many hand gestures as the least popular speakers. People who "talk" with their hands tend to be seen as warm, agreeable and energetic. The less animated are viewed as logical, cold and analytical.

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Gesturing helps you understand other people

We collect information from others' body language. We naturally feel that passionate people will be more animated and look more enthusiastic. When their gestures are bigger, we process that they must be really passionate about their topic.

This is mostly because body language is vital in helping to communicate our emotions and motivations.

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Benefits of hand gestures

Hand motions often reveal information that is absent from our talk. It might signal that a point is more important, or that the speaker is still trying to understand an idea.

According to a study published, children that use hand gestures early in life is likely to develop a strong vocabulary and other skills related to sentence structure and better storytelling.

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Gesture-speech mismatch

A mismatch occurs when we signal something with our hands that is different from our words. It may be a sign that you're learning.

Adults are less likely to trust people who display a mismatch between speech and body language.

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