Body language is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously.
Body language is the unspoken or non-verbal mode of communication that we use in every single aspect of our interaction with another person. It is like a mirror that tells us what the other person thinks and feels in response to our words or actions. 55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language. The actual verbal communication accounts for the other 38% in tone of voice and only 7% in the words we use (*When verbal context is ambiguous).
Body language may provide clues as to the attitude or state of mind of a person. For example, it may indicate aggression, attentiveness, boredom, relaxed state, pleasure, amusement, and intoxication, among many other cues.
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Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) Criterion (9): Missing Information.
This refers to phrases in the statement that indicate that some information has been left out. Examples are the use of words such as "sometime after", "finally", "later on", and "shortly thereafter".
The sentence; "She began hitting and kicking me, finally she hit me with the whole bottle" indicates that the writer doesn't want to reveal what happened in the period of time between the hitting and kicking, and the hitting with the bottle.