Synergology is an innovative discipline contributing to a field that had not been tackled until that time, i.e. micro-movements of the body. It established rigorously how certain small details about gestures express our thoughts. By so doing, Synergology matches our surface emotions (those that we show) with our underlying one (those that we conceal).
Synergology demonstrates in concrete terms that unconscious reactions can be read on the face and body. Above all, it shows us that the interpretive criteria of emotions, which lead to understanding the thoughts of our interlocutors, are entirely objective. It uses measurement criteria of convincing scientific validity, and the intention is that Synergology be also evaluated in scientific terms. This has the added advantage of allowing Synergology to refute a number of blatant untruths that are expressed from time to time in the field of non-verbal communication.
When it comes to practical applications, the strength of the discipline lies in the fact that it does the exact opposite of all behavioral approaches. It proposes to never, consciously or willingly, change non verbal language when it is a matter of better communication.
Non-verbal information can be approached seriously because it has been rigorously segmented into categories. Non-verbal communication comes from adding converging incomplete pieces of information. The scientific nature of synergology can be seen on three levels:
1. The manner in which non-verbal information has been segmented.
2. The propositions that are put forward.
3. The method of validating propositions.
The human body consists 8 segments. The triple dimension of the axis of the head is taken into account. The positioning of the hands and feet (pronation and supination) is taken into account. Four different types of possible gestures which can complement each other. The right and left sides of the face and body are differentiated in communication. Every visible micro-reaction of the face is taken into account. The three possible attitudes of the hands on the face or body are differentiated. Eye movements are segmented into four quadrants and reconsidered from a cultural or systemic perspective. The body and limbs are segmented into four sides according how they approach their surroundings. The hands are also segmented into four sides. Each finger acts according to a meaningful logic. examples.
Reading body language is a communication-skill. Research over the last 30 years combined with the latest development in neurosciences brought new light on how to read and interpret body language and non verbal relational strategies, important when credibility, integrity and sincerity are at stake. Even the most ‘rational’ decision is based on emotional criteria. The body speaks for it self in a constant flow, and direct. Body language is the expressed emotion even before the mouth starts talking… Gestures, eye-movements, facial expressions, little movements of the hands to the body: all have their story.
Synergology, which originated in the 1980′s, came onto a scene at a time of considerable knowledge and discussion. In the observation of non-verbal communication, authors as renowned in their fields as Desmond Morris, Edward Hall, Ray Birdwhistell, Gregory Bateson and Paul Ekman, for example, contributed to the significant advances in knowledge of non-verbal communication. The recent contribution of the neurosciences has been a decisive factor as it has linked non-verbal communication with behavioural responses and taken into account the influence of the hemispheres of the brain in daily communication.More information in French: synergologie.org. Download: Brochure Synergology