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How to Read Social Cues

How to Read Social Cues. Pay close attention to nonverbal communication:
learning how to interpret gestures is critical to understanding the meanings behind human
interactions. You will need and face-to-face interaction. Step 1. Notice the distance away from you at which
a person is standing. The closer someone stands to you, the more
comfortable they feel with you. Step 2. Read body signals. Notice hand gestures, stance, and movement. Crossed arms indicate defensiveness, while
open arms and hands suggest a feeling of openness. Step 3. Make eye contact. If someone you are talking to is not looking
you in the eye or consistently breaks eye contact, it is usually a sign that they are
disinterested in you, or at least in the conversation. Conversely, maintaining prolonged eye contact
can mean that someone is attracted to you. In some cultures it is a sign of respect to
maintain eye contact, but no romantic inference is intended. Step 4. Look out for long stares, especially from
a person in a position of authority. It usually means they are angry or are looking
for an answer. Step 5. Don’t ignore vocal inflection. Catching the tone in someone’s voice is important
to detect sarcasm as well as humor. Keep in mind that electronic communication
erases such signals, so most e-mails and text messages are taken literally. Step 6. Take the time and effort to learn and teach
social cues so that you are clearly understood in your day-to-day interactions with people. Did you know A person suffering from Asperger’s
syndrome — a form of autism — has an inability or great difficulty grasping social cues.

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