I have been taking a couple’s dance class recently, which has been making me think about the importance of non-verbal communication. It is absolutely imperative in social dancing. The man has to clearly communicate what he wants the woman to do, and she needs to be able to interpret things correctly in order to follow his non-verbal directions. That is such a perfect metaphor for any kind of relationship because both communicating and interpreting are very important.
Some people give off very few non-verbal cues as to what they are thinking or feeling. That makes them hard to read and can lead to confusion, playing guessing games, or even tip-toeing around issues because the other person may not know how that person will react. That’s been my experience, anyway. On the other hand, I have experience with people who give off almost too much non-verbal communication. Continue reading