When greeting, anybody from another background, your own body language could be a barrier. This barrier, can only fall when you understand the body language of the next person.
This could be in the area of handshaking, eye contact, body position and amongst other things, personal space.
Individually based cultures, often believe that the eyes are the windows to the soul. This means that they stare, into people’s eyes, looking for signs, seeking respect, and understanding.
In more community-based cultures, strong eye contact is seen to be aggressive and disrespectful.
This causes a lot of confusion, and discomfort in the workplace, and in social relationships. Many people have not been selected for promotional work positions, based on their either aggressive, or passive eye contact.
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