Non-Verbal Communication: Emblems


0:00 Okay, let's start breaking it down. The first thing we're going to look at in terms of non-verbal

0:06 behavior is what you do with your body. And this is simply in relation to your body. And

0:12 we can break down the different categories in body non-verbal communication, I've got

0:18 it all listed right here. These are the different things we're going to talk about in relation

0:22 to body. Now the first one I want to tell you about is called Emblems, and I know that

0:28 you do this but you probably didn't realize that it was called emblems. Emblems represent

0:35 universal signs that we do with our body. For example if I do this, traditionally, that

0:43 means peace. There are lots of different emblems that we do; thumbs up, that means you know,

0:50 it could mean gig ‘em Aggies, but, also means rock on, good job. Things that, other

0:57 gestures that you do, emblems that represent the same thing across the board. Now let me

1:05 just drop this end for you to think about. I'm talking in relation to America when I'm

1:11 talking about emblems. You always have to consider culture when you're talking about

1:16 emblems. You know, it's totally cool to get the peace sign or the thumbs up here in America

1:22 because everybody knows what it means. It's universal. There's other sign that we do that

1:28 are universal as well. But, I won't go into that. Sometimes you do that when you're driving.

1:33 But if you're going over to Africa or you're going over to England or you're going over

1:38 to Asia or anywhere, be very aware of their cultural emblems because certain things that

1:47 you do, they represent something negative. So, consider culture when you consider emblems.