A Point to Note!Sometimes, a single posture can be interpreted in different ways, depending on the situation.
You can understand what is going on in the other person's mind by 55% of their nonverbal communication in the form of body language gestures and 38% by the tone of their voice. Body language and gestures can help convey most of your feelings, without having to put the emotions in words. If you understand the hidden meanings of the various signs of body language
, you can virtually read a person like a book. Let us see some of the gestures that will help in interpreting body language.
For example, people who cross their arms, generally close themselves to social influence. They tend to be slightly reserved and maybe uncomfortable with their weight. Well, resting arms behind neck mean the person is open for a discussion and waiting to give his opinion. Similarly, a boy with his hands in his pockets is probably relaxed, while a man tilting his head and smiling means he's flirting.
Different Gestures in Body Language and their Meaning
Standing with Hands on Hips
A man standing with hands on hips indicates aggressiveness and a dominating attitude. However, women use this gesture to appear more attractive to the opposite sex.
Standing with Legs Crossed
A man standing with crossed legs indicates a lack of confidence, but not a woman, because women are more used to crossing their legs, especially when they wear skirts.
Sitting with Legs Uncrossed
This indicates an open attitude, both in females and males.
Touching or Playing with Hair
It is a flirting gesture seen in women. It might also indicate a lack of self-confidence.
Tilting the Head
This is seen in both men and women, and is usually accompanied by a smile. It indicates display of affection.
The Cowboy Stance
It is a flirting gesture observed in men who're trying to attract the attention of the woman they are attracted to.
Covering the Mouth
This gesture is used to hide an emotional reaction, such as a frown or a smile. It is also used to express surprise and amazement, as seen in the image above.
You'll find many people posing with crossed arms in photographs. However, this is a negative body language gesture that indicates defensiveness or stress.
Pinching the Bridge of Nose
This indicates that the person is contemplating or trying to evaluate something. It may also indicate disapproval or frustration.
Rubbing the Eyes
This is a gesture that indicates that the person is tired and feeling sleepy. It may also indicate doubt or disbelief.
Clasped Hands Behind Back
This indicates confidence and authoritative behavior.
Stroking the Chin
This indicates that the person is trying to make a decision.
Head Up or Chin Thrust
This is a posture commonly used by models to pose for photographs, and is an indication of confidence.
Biting the Nails
While it can be a habit for some, more often than not, this gesture is a proof of insecurity and nervousness.
Adjusting One's Tie or Cuff
This gesture is a sign of nervousness, and can take other forms, such as adjusting one's watchstrap or holding a file close to the chest. This is known as a "barrier signal".
Biting the Lips
This is a female flirting gesture to attract attention to their lips. However, it may also indicate anxiety or stress, when accompanied by facial expressions that are indicative of stress.
Sitting with Legs Intertwined
This can indicate insecurity, but is mostly a sexual posing observed in women.
Sitting with Ankles Crossed
Commonly known as the "ankle lock", it is a defensive signal associated with insecurity.
Different Signals in Body Language
There are different gestures that give out different signs of what a person is feeling. These are a few body language tips that will help you know a bit more on signs of attraction
► If someone intentionally brushes their elbow against you, it indicates that he/she might be attracted to you. The person craves for your attention, and probably even likes you.
► When you observe the feet, see the direction in which the foot is pointing. A person unconsciously points his foot towards a person he finds attractive. Even the direction of the knee points towards the most attractive person they find in the room.
► Your friend suddenly sucks his stomach in with his chest out. What is he trying to do? Well, he is just trying to get the attention of the woman he is attracted to.
► Steady eyes make a positive body language gesture. They indicate a calm and confident self. Shifty eyes, on the other hand, indicate anxiety or deceit.
If a woman gives a tight-lipped smile and looks up sideways, it means she likes someone. This gesture makes the man in question want to take care of the woman who gave him that look. Positive signals, such as dilated pupils, indicate interest and attraction. There are many such body language gestures that mean many things. Just remember a few of the gestures that may prove helpful to you in your daily life.