Format: HB, 792 pp
Edition: First, 2009
Price: USD 40.00
Publisher: B. Jain Publishers
Reviewed by: Manish Bhatia
Body Language is a nonverbal, usually unconscious, communication through the use of postures, gestures, and facial expressions. Whether we realise it or not, we are communicating all the time. Irrespective of what our mouths are saying, our body language transmits our thoughts and feelings like a primal beacon. Before I talk about this book, let me share with you some common non-verbal behaviour and its interpretation.
|Brisk, erect walk||Confidence|
|Standing with hands on hips||Readiness, aggression|
|Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly||Boredom|
|Sitting, legs apart||Open, relaxed|
|Arms crossed on chest||Defensiveness|
|Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched||Dejection|
|Hand to cheek||Evaluation, thinking|
|Touching, slightly rubbing nose||Rejection, doubt, lying|
|Rubbing the eye||Doubt, disbelief|
|Hands clasped behind back||Anger, frustration, apprehension|
|Head resting in hand, eyes downcast||Boredom|
|Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed||Confidence, superiority|
|Open palm||Sincerity, openness, innocence|
|Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed||Negative evaluation|
|Tapping or drumming fingers||Impatience|
|Patting/fondling hair||Lack of self-confidence; insecurity|
|Stroking chin||Trying to make a decision|
|Looking down, face turned away||Disbelief|
|Biting nails||Insecurity, nervousness|
|Pulling or tugging at ear||Indecision|
So you see, every gesture tells us something. Gestures are something that all of us see and use in everyday life – however, we do not observe them carefully and not many use them from a clinical point of view. Body language is a term for communication that transcends conscious contact and works instead of, or additionally to, sounds and language. This can be anything from subtle creasing of the eyes if someone finds something amusing, to the strong gesture of crossing arms when someone feels vulnerable or enraged. By utilizing and fully comprehending this paralanguage, master communicators – those who are trained to understand the significance of body language – can foresee how people will react to certain information and how they are feeling, although they often haven’t said anything. This can be beneficial to a homeopath for understanding the patient as a whole.
This book by Ajit Kulkarni brings together the world of Kinesics and Homeopathy. Its purpose is to make the reader understand the body language of the patient and then use that information clinically.
The book is divided in 4 sections. Section I deals with Introduction- History and Understanding the Language in general. Section II is on Communication – Body language as communication, Communication skills, Intra-psychic communication, Silence and Characters of body language. Section III focuses on the core elements of body language like Personal Appearance, Gestures, Posture and Stance, Facial expressions, Eye expressions, Voice and Intonation, Space and Distancing, Tactile Communication, Vocabulary and Universal gestures. Section IV takes care of the Homoeopathic perspective including clinical repertory and practical cases.
The detailed text with illustrations under each and every section is very insightful. The author has thrown light on minute expressions and has explained their significance from psychological, philosophical, spiritual and homoeopathic points of view. The ultimate benefit of this book is that it widens and expands our consciousness at all levels. This book has a different perspective on understanding not only the world around us, but also the world inside each of us. This book will help in increasing the ability of the homeopathic physician to observe a peculiar expression in their patients and then use that information for a deeper understanding of the case and a resulting better prescription. This book is useful for all homeopaths, as it is one of the first detailed works bringing together Kinesics and Homeopathy.