Why do, in your opinion, people talk with the use of hand gestures. And I don't mean giving directions.
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Old thread, but it's interesting.
I don't think the question can be removed from 'why do we use body language?'
However, hands are the most expressive of the gestures. Not necessarily the most meaningful. But certainly the most expressive. Which in a way, matches our voice, which can be very expressive.
In reality, if you look at how a person speaks, their hand gestures will match it :
- quicker speech / quicker gestures
- sharper speech / sharper gestures
- louder speech / larger gestures
- calmer speech / slower gestures
- warmer speech / more rounded gestures
- critical speech / sharper gestures
- confused / oscillating gestures
Gestures don't tend to match only when people are saying one thing, but thinking another (which can be for many reasons).
So why do we use them? I've come to believe they reflect what part of our brain we are using, and how we are using it. That reflects what we are feeling (and a bit more) at any given time (and is particularly relevant when we are talking). This in turn can be interpreted by others, who subconsciously recognise what part of the brain the other person is accessing...and from there has a chance to understand what the other person is feeling.
It is my belief that the above is why reading body language consciously, can often be difficult. That is, because it is not a direct reflection of our emotions, but how our mind is functioning at any given time (which if affected by singular emotions can be quite clear...but...)