Part of what makes watching people so much fun is that they communicate so much, even when they aren’t speaking. Take Ben, here, for example.
An obvious way that people communicate non-verbally is through facial expressions. Ben’s amiable smile, as well as his raised eyebrows, express that he is either enjoying his work or at least enjoying his moment of fame.
Another, perhaps less obvious, way people communicate is through clothing and accessories. Ben is wearing all black, a baseball cap, and gloves. Simply by what he is wearing, he demonstrates that he is part of the food service team (and the food service team wears black to communicate something as well-such as a level of professionalism).
While these things I mentioned are probably fairly accurate, there are other aspects of this picture that communicate something about Ben, but are harder to confidently translate. For example, Ben chose brown, thick-framed glasses over contacts (at least we’re assuming he had this choice). Why? This communicates something about him, but it’s hard to make an accurate guess without knowing more than this picture has to offer.
People are always saying something even when they aren’t literally saying something. Our subconscious minds are always translating these details and forming some sort of judgement (judgement not being a negative thing here) about the person. Stopping to consciously consider what we are thinking about a person based on appearance is beneficial now and again to remind us that, while we can learn a great deal from a person’s appearance, there is also a great deal we can’t assume without asking them personally.
Can you think of some things you communicate by your clothing, accessories, or possessions? What are you communicating right now by the shirt you have on? I’d love to hear your thoughts!