As human beings, we constantly communicate with each other through non-verbal cues. Our bodies send out a continuous stream of messages through facial expressions, posture, gestures and energy level. These messages convey exactly how we feel about ourselves and the world around us.
Non-verbal communication happens with or without our conscious participation. According Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, non-verbal cues account for 93% of all communication. Our spoken words only account for 7%. This means that what's happening with our bodies when we communicate is much more important than what we say.
To demonstrate this, imagine that you’ve just asked a friend if he’s mad at you. He responds by saying, “No, I’m not mad.”
But he doesn’t make eye contact, he has clenched fists, closed body language and the tone of his voice is slow and intense.
Which messages do you believe? His words or his non-verbal cues?
Incongruent verbal and non-verbal messaging frequently creates confusion and unnecessary suffering in relationships. In order to promote effective and meaningful communication, it’s important that we begin to understand how our bodies communicate with one another.
This weekly Somatic Relationship Educational Support Group consists of a series of exercises designed to help you better understand your unique non-verbal communication style. You will receive real-time feedback about your communication style in a safe and supportive environment.
The group will also provide a safe framework for participants to practice new skills in four important areas:
Please call (415) 548 - 1224 or email me for more information.
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