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Gestures The DOs and TABOOs of Body Language Around the World Axtell Roger E Gestures The DOs and TABOOS of Body Language Around the World Jon Wiley Sons Inc 1998 -- Rev and expanded edition Over the past decade the author has been presenting seminars speeches and workshops around the United States on the subject of international behavior This book is the result of accumulation of more than ten years of research on the subject and it includes research on his travels to England Germany Thailand Malaysia Indonesia and the Philippines All this reinforced a conviction that gestures are powerful communicators used by people all over the world The purpose of this book is to let people know how powerful gestures can be when used correctly or incorrectly He also wants you to know how a gesture can mean one thing here and another thing somewhere else something as simple as a wave good bye could get you into a lot of trouble in another country This book was broken down into seven chapters Chapter 1 illustrated with numerous examples is that not only are gestures and body language powerful communicators but different cultures use gestures and body language in dramatically different ways Chapter 2 discusses the most popular gestures found around the world beginning with how we greet each other Shaking hand is not the universal greeting In fact there are at least a half-dozen other social greetings - even different ways of shaking hands This chapter also deals with farewells beckoning insulting touching and other types of gestures Chapter 3 gets into the special types of gestures such as American Sign Language Tai Chi flirting kissing Chapter 4 is designed to help you learn or trace a particular gesture using scores of drawings Chapter 5 describes what the author calls the ultimate gesture which is simply the
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