>>17949988>1/2>not understanding why people constantly look away while you're talking isn't a normal problem
Yes it is. As it's a very common problem in multicultural societies such as the US.>Normally-functioning people intrinsically understand this piece of body language.
No, they cannot "intrinsically" piece together body language and social cues. People from different cultures cannot interpret body language and cues of those of a different culture. People who grew up in one family easily cannot pick up on the language and cues of a different family. Those who are brought in certain environments are left unable to read subtle clues and shifts in nonverbal communications of those from a different environment.
Body language is not a universal language (at least not to species in the homo sapient family). And depends entirely on experience, culture, environment, and upbringing. To say otherwise hits so many types of prejudices. Racism and ethnocentrism, for one, as it excludes races, ethnicities, and cultures whose social cues and body languages differ from yours. It's sexist, as genders have shown to exhibit different cues and nonverbal communications. It's ablist, a big one, as it excludes and puts at a disadvantage those who not only have difficulty in reading social cues and nonverbal language, but possibly incapable of doing such at both a psychiatric and neurological level -- as the ability to recognise nonverbal cues, versus explicit communications and direct contact, are separate, specific processes on the brain.
It also helps to point out that when "you need to learn body language" is brought, it often means the body language and social cues of white westerners; with little-to-no thought to the possibility that other cultures are going to have different ways and meanings behind nonverbal communication.