When reading body language it’s always good to know some of the differences between certain cultures. Perhaps, if you knew that in Africa strong eye contact is considered a challenge you wouldn’t be in the predicament you are currently in?
When talking about greetings it’s important to remember that it can vary person to person. Although, there does happen to be certain trends that pertain to each culture. For example, in Japan a normal greeting may be a simple bow. In Italy, however, it may be more common to kiss each cheek when greeting someone. Overall, it is important to read up and study the different greeting in each culture if you truly want to master body language.
Handshakes like greetings vary from culture to culture. In some areas of the world, a limp handshake is adequate when greeting a friendly. Here in the United States a limp handshake is viewed as weak. In Turkey, a powerful handshake is consider rude, or overly aggressive. Or otherwise known as being a douche.
In the United States intermittent eye contact is key because it displays interest and attention. Whereas in the Middle Eastern cultures people tend to have intense contact for same gender and brief eye contact for opposite gender. You would be surprised to know that in Japan brief eye contact is viewed as uncomfortable. African, Asian, and Latin American Cultures see long eye contact as a challenge. You have been warned.
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