In the article, Edward and Mildred Hall delve into the topic body language. Body language follows its own set of norms and is also widely used to express one's opinion of said norms. So much of our culture, actually all cultures, is communicated without any words. An eyebrow raise. An eye roll. A nod. This can make mixing different cultures very difficult. In an example in the passage, there is a Mexican businessman and an American business man. The Mexican keeps moving closer to the American, which shows trust and togetherness. The American is moving back because he feels that the Mexican man is being aggressive and invading his personal space. In this case, the miscommunication is not ignorance, but instead a cultural gap.
For me, and all other students, body language is very important at school. We nod along with the teacher and keep eye contact to create the illusion of listening, because we know that if our body language shows our disinterest (yawning, slouching, resting on our desks), we will get called on or punished. Just today I got called on in English during a discussion when I had not idea what was going on. I imagine that i was slouching and not making any eye contact. There was no hiding my daydreaming. I was being quiet, but my body was screaming that I was not paying attention.
|Both the boy and girl are sitting quietly, but body language makes it pretty apparent which one is listening.|