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Oculesics: Behavior of The Eyes

Oculesics is the behavior of the eyes during communication. This is an integral part of nonverbal communication.

Oculesics. This is an integral part of nonverbal communication. Oculesics  is the behavior of the eyes during communication. Or it can be defined as the looks at the influence or the impact of visual contacts on the perceived messages which is being communicated.

We generally make eye contacts during communication. Again sometimes we try to avoid eye contacts while communicating. All these come under Oculesics. Looking at face or other parts of body or even looking away are the examples of Oculesics.  Generally there is a saying that eyes are the mirror of soul. By looking at someone’s eye we can understand his or her mental conditions like anger, smile, happy, sad etc.

The intensity of Oculesics varies country to country, society to society and also religion to religion. Though direct eye contact depicts attention, but in some society it is an insulting eye gesture. In some society young guys do not look at seniors’ eye and they look down while talking with them. Again looking away or flickering the look from face to away depicts hiding of truth and again this eye gesture depicts inattentive and not taking interest.

Oculesics is at times confusing, but it’s correct usage can be of great use to us during communication. Always have a mental focus on your look while communicating with others. It will definitely help you.

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