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What is the difference between Posture and Gesture?

Asked by Demi , Last updated: Jul 22, 2020

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G. GRAY

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G. GRAY, Writer, M.A, Liverpool

Answered Jul 22, 2020

As human beings, we have many ways of communicating with each other, and two of the oldest, most popular forms of communication include posturing and gesturing. For example, it is evident through someone’s posture, whether they are confident or meager and shy. This feeling is often conveyed not just by posture, but when talking to someone, how comfortable you are.

Are they sitting up straight in their chair? Sometimes a relaxed posture tells others that the person may be tense or angry. It can also be said that posture is measured by whether you are submissive or assertive. Gesturing, on the other hand, is something people do to make the conversation more colorful and interesting.

Sometimes it is boring just to watch someone sit there and speak, and there are many different popular gestures. When we say hello to someone we know, we wave our hand in the air as a greeting, and good-bye is the same but in reverse. Shrugging shoulders means “I don’t know.” The most universally controversial gesture is giving someone the finger, and we all know what that means.

 

T. Lopez

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T. Lopez, Biology student, Graduation, Detroit

Answered Jul 13, 2020

While words have meaning, a person's nonverbal communication can have just as much meaning. The body language that a person has can tell more than their words can describe. Two types of nonverbal communication that can always help tell the story are gestures and postures. Posture is how a person sits or stands. If a person is slouched down or laid back, it could mean they are relaxed. If a person has a posture that is more rigid, it could indicate that they are tense. Gestures are done with hand movements. A gesture can be used to point, wave, or say goodbye.
 

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