Here’re body language signs that will help you read anyone like a book!
As we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world.
Because of the constant buzz in our technological world, it’s easy to forget how important communicating face-to-face is.
When conversing old-school style, it’s not only speech we verbalize that matters, but what our nonverbal gestures articulate as well.
Body language is truly a language of its own. We all have quirks and habits that are uniquely our own. What does your body language say about you? Do you lie?! And what can you learn about others by becoming aware of what some of the signs mean?
I thought it would be fun to list some of the well-known signs that body language experts study and recognize. It is said that when talking to a person the information that we receive can be broken down as:
- 10% of what the person actually says
- 40% from the tone and speed of the voice
- 50% is from their body language.
What Your Body Language Tells About You
1. Lowering one’s head can signal a lack of confidence. If someone lowers their head when complimented, they may be shy or timid
2. Touching or tugging at one’s ear can indicate indecisiveness
3. Sincere smiles encompass the whole face (noticeable in the eyes)
4. A false smile usually only engages the lips
5. Tilting one’s head can symbolize interest in something or someone
6. Overly tilted heads can be a sign of sympathy
7. Closing of eyes or pinching at the bridge of one’s nose is often done when making a negative evaluation
8. When a listener nods, this is usually a positive message and relays that they are interested in and paying attention
9. However, excessive nodding can imply that the listener has lost interest but doesn’t want to be rude
10. Touching/rubbing one’s nose may indicate doubtfulness or rejection of an idea
11. Sticking out one’s chin toward another may show defiance
12. Resting a hand on one’s cheek is often done if they are thinking or pondering, and stroking the chin can mean the person is trying to make a decision
1. Pushing back one’s shoulders can demonstrate power and courage
2. Open arms means one is comfortable with being approached and willing to talk/communicate
3. Folded arms show that there is a sort of barricade between them and other people (or their surroundings) and indicate dissatisfaction
4. Resting one’s arms behind their neck shows that they are open to what is being discussed and interested in listening more
5. Pointing one’s finger can be construed as aggression or assertiveness
6. Touching the front of the neck can show that someone is interested and concerned about what another is saying
7. Hand movements that are upward & outward signify positive and open messages
8. Palms that are faced outwards towards another indicate one’s wish to stop and not approach
9. If one’s fingers are interlaced or if the finger tips are pressed together, it usually shows that a person is thinking and evaluating
10. If offering ideas to other people, many times the sides of one’s palms are close together, with fingers extended