What is the best way to meet someone in a club?

a) Wear a cute outfit.
b) Make strong eye contact.
c) Smile at people.
d) All of the above.

And the answer is…d) all of the above! In the last few years I have been in a committed relationship, so the way I have learned these “tricks” is actually through trying to avoid making contact with other men, which is hard when I almost always wearing a cute outfit. However, I have learned that if I avoid eye contact and any smiling at other men, I am usually able to get through the night without any advances. What all of the item choices in the list above have in common is that they are all nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication is so complex because most of the time it is unintentional, yet it is highly reliable. For instance, if you ask someone how they are doing, and they reply “Great,” yet they shrug, what are you going to believe, their word or their body language? Probably the body language. It is because nonverbal communication is immediate and natural; we don’t think about it, we just do it. Anyhow, I really like the infographic below, because it is a silly yet accurate representation of how us humans respond to nonverbal behaviors. I enjoy the suggestion to look someone head on when gazing and the “attractive vs. not attractive picture.” What is your favorite part of the infographic below?

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