Written on
May 14, 2020

Limitations of Non Verbal Communication and Body Language in Security

Limitations of Non Verbal Communication

The question is : is this fact good news or bad news for security professionals???? the fact that 80 % of our message is communicated non verbally is good only if we know what to look for and how to understand the hidden signs!

Now let us look at the myths and limitations of body language and non verbal communication:

In order to use body language as an effective tool it must be used in addition to other means of security

To read potential signs and understand the meaning you will have to look for the verbal and non verbal message simultaneously without being distorted or affected by your subjective interpretation

You will need to be close to the person to be able to look for behavioral signs and indicators

It will be very difficult to apply such tactics within an installation where numerous people are present

The signs do not always pop up fast and in many security scenarios you will have no time for deep analysis

Sometimes trusting your gut feeling is great provided you have the experience. Body language is often a grey area where you will need take a decision with missing information that may have consequences

Different cultures behave differently and when looking for suspicious behavior within a mixed population, it will be very difficult to adapt to different ethnic backgrounds

The conclusion is that body language can be effective if used within a much larger security apparatus. Understanding its limitations will guide you in being more alert regarding what you look for, how quickly you find it and how you translate this into a proactive response