Even when we are not speaking,
we communicate our true feelings and beliefs through our facial
expressions, our gestures, our movement and how or whether we
look at people. Eye contact is a major source of non-verbal
communication, signaling information about intimacy
and dominance from the frequency and duration of exchanged gazes.
In a hierarchical system, people with less power tend to engage
in less eye contact with the people they communicate with than
do those with more power. Another aspect of non-verbal communication
is personal space - the distance between people engaged in interactions
that are considered comfortable for members of a given culture.