Agreement with this statement:
Human relationships are based upon many constructs and language is only one of these. First of all, the human baby does not cling to the mother as, for example, the primates do, a relationship that allows the mother to communicate with the social group rather than the baby which becomes, in a sense, just an extension of herself. But, human babies interact with their mothers by voice and by facial expression from birth.
Perhaps, then, because of this bifurcation of communication from birth, humans watch others in order to perceive their reactions and communications, whether through language or action and inaction. Thus the old adage proves true--"Actions speak louder than words"--in many cases; in other situations, action may not speak louder, but they still communicate. For example, the manner in which someone walks conveys something about the person's self-image. For, a person who slouches his/her shoulders while walking may communicate a lower self-esteem than one who stands erect when walking. A raised eyebrow often suggests disapproval or doubt. The turning of one's back upon someone who is speaking is often perceived as an insult or act of disrespect, and an act of ignoring someone is also felt to be insulting to the person who desires the attention. A look, a touch can often say much more than words even if its perceived meaning is not intended.
Certainly, much is made of body language during the job interview. In fact, according to Career Cast, studies have revealed that a person's body language produces a greater impact on a person's success in the interview than anything else.
...body language accounts for a full 55% of any response, while what you actually say accounts for just 7%. The remaining 38% is taken up by "paralanguage," or the intonation, pauses and sighs you give off when answering a question.
Sometimes--even inadvertently--non-verbal messages contradict verbal ones. When, for instance, someone in a job interview is nervous or anxious from having been unemployed for a while, he will appear as not being a confident person. Because people do not always tell the truth, interviewers, then, will "read" the body language and assume that the nervous person lacks confidence or has something to hide. So, while the person being interviewed wishes to convey competence, his/her nervousness belies what is being said.
Within marriages, there are many non-verbal communications that hold significance. A common complaint of wives is often "Why does my husband say one thing and act totally different?" Sometimes husbands are stressed at work and do not mean to seem abrupt with their wives, but their actions are misinterpreted. Likewise, when they simply want attention wives' actions may be interpreted in a number of different ways by their husbands, depending upon their personalities.