Nonverbal communication gender

Beards = dominance? Being 'hot' holds back women?

Body language is just one element of nonverbal communication while other elements include voice tone, the environment, touch, and appearance. If you are interested in reading more about how all of these elements jointly, in a gestalt manner, contribute to nonverbal communication during interactions [read more here].

Enjoy this list and I hope it helps you consider the role of all the nonverbal communication cues and elements during your next interaction regardless if you are a man or woman!

Women are Less Influential

A study showed women were less influential, especially with men. Further, the same study showed that women can be perceived as competent with men when they are also using immediacy and rapport building cues such as smiling and head nodding. For women, it seems competence without these immediacy cues did not equate to effectiveness in regards to being influential with men. (Carli, 2001)

Beards (for Men!) Equals Dominance!

Beards increase men's perceived head size and consequently increases dominance. (Mehrabian, 1976)

Women- Expressive But Lacking Control?

Women are more spontaneously emotionally expressive yet also have less ability in controlling their emotions. (Tucker &Riggio, 1988). Women are better expressing themselves both during spontaneous and posed facial accuracy (Buck, Miller, & Caul, 1974; Friedman, Riggio, &Segall, 1980; Wagner, Buck, &Winterbotham, 1993; Zaidel&Mehrabian, 1969).

Hey Doc!

Women Physicians spend an average of 2 minutes longer talking to their patients compared to male physicians and engage in more rapport building/patient centeredness (Roter, Hall, & Aoki, 2002).

Short Men Need Not Apply

Tall men get hired more often; improves overall chances of success (Mehrabian, 1977); are perceived to be more attractive; have a greater chance for advancement within a corporation (Morris, 1977); have higher self-esteem, more likely to have a leadership position, and make more money (Jung & Cable, 2004).

Women Are Smarter Than Men

...In regards to judging the meanings of nonverbal communication at least (Hall, 1984& 2006; McClure, 2000). This starts at a young age too—beginning in primary school (Hall, 1984; Rosenthal et al., 1979) and for the most part, applies to many cultures (Dickey & Knower, 1941; Izard, 1971; Merten, 2005; Rosenthal et al., 1979).

Men Can Get Better (At Decoding At Least)

Men who had training in nonverbal communication decoding did show improvements in decoding (Keeley-Dyerson et al., 1991). This coincides with research for men and women that demonstrates practice does help with a variety of skills such as decoding facial expressions and reading social signals (Beck & Feldman, 1989; Costanzo, 1992; Nixon & Bull, 2005).

Are Women Better at Picking Out Liars?

Sorry women, you do not have an advantage trying to pick out liars over men (Asmodt & Custer, 2006).

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