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Why Do We Gesture When We Talk?

Gestures and Speech

  • Gestures are closely linked to speech.
  • People seem to gesture naturally and even blind people who haven't seen anyone gesturing, are able to do so.
  • Our words and gestures closely align and give a glimpse of the inner workings of our mind.

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Why Do We Gesture When We Talk?

Why Do We Gesture When We Talk?

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Gestures Aid Thinking

  • Just as speech puts our thoughts into words. pir gestures put our thoughts into our hands.
  • Gestures aid our thinking and many problem solving tasks are done in a better way through the help of gestures.

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Signs of a disengaged, disinterested or unhappy audience:

  • Arms folded in front of the body.
  • Minimal or tense facial expression.
  • Body turned away from you.
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