How You Talk Without Speaking
How our body language tells a person as much about us as what we say.
You can stop talking but you can never stop saying something.
-The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Dr. Erving Goffman)
Here's a little experiment for you to try. Record 15 minutes of a soap opera or other show that you don't usually watch. Now watch it with the sound muted and see how much you can follow. Chances are that you'll miss out on the fine details, but you'll be able to follow the general gist of the storyline - even without the words. Actors are trained to project emotion using their body language, gestures and facial expression as much as they do their words and tone of voice. It's not difficult to recognize anger, fear, joy, attraction and even more subtle interplays just by watching the way that the actors look at each other, position themselves and move around each other.