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Christy Matta, M.A. Updated: Sep 9th 2010

When it comes to communication, words are only a small part of the story. Body language tells people a great deal about you, whether you’re putting your thoughts into words or not.

Think of someone who is speaking publicly. Their rate of speech, eye contact, tone of voice and hand gestures communicate to us. They may say they are confident, but if the body language doesn’t match, we’re likely to think they have doubts.

In fact, when body language and words don’t match, people are more likely to believe body language. If a friend tells you she’s doing ok after a break-up, but her voice cracks while she’s talking, you’re more likely to believe the crack in her voice than her verbal message.

But what if you’re someone whose body language doesn’t accurately reflect your inner feelings? For some, body language is not a more accurate reflection of what they think and feel. Some people may be born with less expressive emotional systems. Some learn to inhibit expression from a family culture that values even tempers and minimal expression. For others, early trauma and abuse might teach them to mask their feelings. By the time they are adults, some are experts at camouflaging their body language, although they may not even be unaware that they do it.

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