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Gait or bipedal gait: Refers to the style or mechanics of locomotion in humans and animals.  Scientists have identified thirty six different types of gait in the human species.  They include the hobble, the mince, the glide, the bounce, the stride, the wiggle, the dart, the prance and the run.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gazing Adoringly 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gazing Adoringly 2Gazing adoringly: An eye pattern that stems from infatuation and deep love and affection that lacks any negative emotion whatsoever.  The eyes and eyelids relax and move freely from each eye to the mouth and lips, with brief glances to the rest of the face including hair and ears.  Gazing adoringly happens during courtship between couples and between mothers and their newborn infants as they bond to each other.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gaze Avoidance Or Averting EyesGaze avoidance or averting eyes: When a person purposely prevents or avoids eye contact, either to show disinterest, to scorn, or to show a difference of opinion or even submission.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - GazingGazing: A gaze is an inviting display of warmth where positive emotions are attached to the face making it appear softer.  Opposite to the gaze is the stare which acts like daggers shooting invisible arrows into the face of another.  Eye gaze reveals cues to interest, attention, affiliation, intimacy, approval, dominance, aggression and openness to personal involvement.

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Gaze omission: Defined as a failure to look at someone without intending to (rather than avoidance).

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Gravity defying body language: Body language that is a measures a person’s exuberance and demonstrates that they feel happy.  It includes raising the arms, having a bounce in the step, swinging hands while walking, having an upright posture and so forth.  When sports players score a goal, they celebrate by expending energy that seems to be in no short supply by flinging their arms in the air.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 3BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 4Genital framing: A posture where the hands and fingers draw attention to the genitals.  Men can genital frame by placing their thumbs in belt loops and aiming the fingers toward their penis and women can place their hands on their hips aiming the fingers in the same direction.

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Genuine emotions: These are facial expressions that usually only last a fleeting moment, only to quickly disappear.  Facial expressions that last too long and are poorly timed with events are usually insincere.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gesticulation 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gesticulation 2Gesticulation: The use of the hands to add colour and meaning to language.  Gesticulation includes movements of the hands such as hitting motions, cutting, begging and so forth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gestures Or GestureGestures or gesture: A form of nonverbal communication or body language that produces specific messages and meaning.  They include movements of the hands, face, and body, but do not include other facets of body language such as proxemics, facial expressions and postures, which are ways in which the body holds itself to display meaning.  Gestures include emblems, that are used to replace specific words in speech, and illustrators which are used to colour language, in addition to sign language which is an entire set of body movements used to replace verbal speech altogether.

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Glide (the): An elegant gait type characterized by short but deliberate movements of the feet.

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Greeting gestures: These includes motions designed to greet others and are different across cultures.  They include handshaking, bowing, waving, full salaam, namaste, cheek kissing, hugging, hand kissing and so forth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Greetings 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Greetings 2Greetings: These include gestures aimed at welcoming someone after a separation or done upon meeting someone for the first time.  They include waves, handshakes, hugs, salutes, bows, curtseys, and so forth and are culturally specific.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grief MuscleGrief muscle: The French call the area between the brows, the “grief muscle” and is activated to pull the eyebrows together to express both pain, as well as when you wish to inflict it.  This muscle is sometimes flashed across the face as a microexpression.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grief Or SorrowGrief or sorrow: A general lose of positive energy which tends to override other emotions.  Signs of grief include tears, listlessness, inability to complete common tasks, isolation, apathy, downcast eyes, relaxed facial muscles, slumped body, motionless or slow movement.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grin Or SmirkGrin or smirk:  This smile indicates smugness and arrogance.  It is a tight lipped smile with the addition of a degree self satisfaction for good measure.  The smirk has accompanying dominant body language such as head back, shoulders back, open postures along with dialogue riddle with exuberant pride.

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Grinder, John, T.: Graduate of the University of San Francisco in the early 1960’s and bests known for his work in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) with Richard Bandler.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 4Grooming and preening:  These have two unrelated message in body language.  One meaning says that a person is keeping their bodies clean and presentable to show the world that they are in good mental health since it is one of the first characteristics that becomes lax when disease sets in.  Preening can also be used to show detachment from conversations through eye contact avoidance and attention displacement which is the case when eyes avoid contact with another in order to remove imaginary lint.

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Group dynamics: The study of how people interact in clusters drawing on fields such as psychology, sociology and communication studies including nonverbal body language.  When nonverbalist examine people in groups, a complex array of body language occurs of which is not present in dyadic situations.  When looking at groups it is possible to determine hierarchy, social status, friendliness or lack thereof, attraction and repulsion, amongst many others.

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Guiding body language: Using a hand to lightly push on another person’s back to move them in a desirable position, pulling someone in when shaking hands, using a finger to beckon someone closer, or using alluring eye contact are all ways to influence people to move in ways desirable.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guillaume DuchenneGuillaume Duchenne: French researcher Guillaume Duchenne was first to research smiles using electrodiagnostics and electrical stimulation to distinguish between real and fake smiles.  The honest smile has also been named after him; the “Duchenne smile.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 3Guilty knowledge: Nonverbal body language that shows discomfort such as hand wringing, foot and hand withdrawal, pacifying behaviours, leaning away, stiff postures and movements, unsmiling lips, furtive looking about, restlessness and tension due to the stress associated with lying.

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Gustatory processing: A secondary way of processing information like visual and auditory except the primary means involves the sense of taste.  It falls out of the normal realm with which people process information they receive but is occasionally referred to as a vestige.  People will use terms such as the following when they refer to their gustatory sense: This just rolls off the tongue.  This deal is sweet like candy.  Don’t be so bitter.  What a juicy story.

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