In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest gives the evil eye to Jenny’s hippie-peacenik-boyfriend as they board the bus back to Berkeley.
Two things about Forrest’s glare are worth noting.
- Nonverbal messages speaks loudly. We communicate in more ways than simply the spoken word. A. Barbour, the author of Louder Than Words, claims that 55 percent of a person’s communication is body movements – made up mostly of facial expressions. Words comprise only 7 percent of our communication. Vocal variations such as volume, pitch, and rhythm make up the final 38 percent. Forrest was crystal clear in the message he sent with his evil eye.
- One and done. After Forrest gave the evil eye, he turned, relaxed his shoulders, and walked away. Forrest communicated what he wanted to communicate and let it go. It was over.
Giving the evil eye once can be explained as momentary anger.
Giving the evil eye more than once for any incident means harbored anger.
Giving the evil eye repeatedly is venturing into the realm of being evil.
Are you conscious of the amount of nonverbal messages you regularly send?
Are you aware of what the nonverbal messages you’re sending are saying?
Are you willing to let things go?
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