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As interactive beings humans tend to judge one another not only by verbal messages but also by nonverbal messages These unspoken communications may include the space between individuals or proxemics and even time distribution with another individual or chronemics Within social situations there are also forms of nonverbal communication that involve the movements and expressions of an individual to relay messages to others With one glance an individual can receive countless messages about a person from just the way he is standing When taken into account posture gesture and movement are very important aspects in any social situation because aside from many other reasons these nonverbal communication facets determine power Ones nonverbal communication specifically referring to posture gesture and movement illustrates power dynamics at play particularly in business and organizational settings When two individuals first meet both parties can interpret a large amount of qualities about the other party almost immediately through the postures of both people Hunsaker 189 There is an invisible tug-o-war of power between the two people This tug-o-war happens in every social situation whether it is a business transaction or a simple house party Who wins the battle can sometimes be decided just by how a person is sitting or standing Standing or sitting in a more dominant fashion is a key factor in giving oneself more power A person who lacks power generally sits in a defensive closed position This weak power posture usually is signified by folded arms and legs tucked chin and drooping shoulders Hunsaker 192 Instead of closing the body and shrinking away a person who emits high power generally stands in a power pose Cuddy By simply standing with his feet apart a man can obtain more power in social situations These power poses as shown
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