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Title: How to Read your Body Language

How to Read your Body Language
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the
body is the mirror of our feelings.
  • 7 of the information we receive is from what
    they actually say.
  • 38 of information we receive is from the tone,
    inflection and speed of their voice.
  • 55 of the information we receive is from their
    body language.

What is Body Language?
  • Body Language is the communication of personal
    feelings, emotions , attitudes, thoughts through
    body movements -gestures, postures , facial
    expressions, walking styles, positions distance
    - either consciously or involuntarily i.e. its
    not only your tongue you communicate with but
    also you speak with your body movements

The Main Aspects of Body Language
  • Gestures A gesture is the verbal or non-verbal
    body movement used to express or emphasize an
    idea , an emotion or a state of mind.
  • Body Movements This includes the head, eyes,
    eyebrows , lips , neck , shoulders, fingers and
    so on. One can distinguish four main kinds of
    gesticulation Emblem, illustrators, regular and

  • Behaviour This refers quite simply , to
    everything we do which is overt or observable. It
    is important because it is observable to others.
  • Emotions Refers to states such as happiness,
    depression anxiety milder moods such as
    feeling of pleasure displeasure , degrees of
    excitement or drowsiness etc. A Emotional cue
    is a facial expression, body movement or tone of
    voice indicative of emotion.

Open Arms
Outward, upward hand movements
  • A good way to show you are approachable,
    especially when combined with open palms
  • This conveys an open and positive message

Folded arms
Palms Up Open Hands
  • A defence mechanism that shows the person is not
    open to what is being said or done
  • May mean rejection
  • Physically cold
  • Stubborn in their outlook
  • Defences down
  • An open heart

Palms on chest
  • When a person uses open palms that occasionally
  • touch their chest, they are signalling honesty

  • A closed heart

  • Bored
  • Tired and that may have nothing to do with the
    Situatio n/conversation
  • Bored

  • Anger and to be avoided
  • Physically cold
  • Very tense
  • Defiant or triumphant when held in air

Striding briskly
  • An outward display of confidence
  • Anger

Feet under the chair
Ear Tugging
  • Indecision
  • Possible deception
  • A sign of eagerness

Stroking chin
Looking around
  • Wants to get away
  • Thinking about something else
  • Bored with situation / conversation
  • Evaluating

  • This shows someone knows they are attractive For
    eg, flicking or stroking their hair or adjusting
    a collar and/or
  • a tie.

  • The occasional nod from a listener to a speaker
    is a
  • positive message. It is an indication they are
    listening and are interested.
  • Too much nodding indicates the listener has lost
    interest and
  • may be bored.

  • This is evidence of two people getting on really
  • Each person copies the others body language,
    usually subtly.
  • Mirroring occurs with
  • Breathing, Gestures, Eye movement, Leaning
    towards each other at the same time, Crossed or
    uncrossed legs
  • Speech pattern, Arm movement, or no arm movement,
    Emotive energy such as being excited, relaxed,

Body space
  • Respect for the other persons body space is
    crucial in
  • gaining their trust. Stay at least one arms
    length away from them.

Gentle leg shaking
  • The person is mildly stimulated
  • May need to go to toilet

Vigorous leg shaking
  • Reveals apprehension and nerves
  • Desperate to go to the toilet

Raise of eyebrows - express astonishment
Envy or disbelief may be displayed by a raised
We frown displeasure or confusion
Open our mouth - Shock
  • The face is the most significant and the most
    photographed- part of human body . The flashes of
    facial signals are generally spontaneous
    reactions which a person finds difficult to hide.

General Characteristics
  • Expressions Facial expressions are highly
    flexible changeable. The face can encode a
    variety of communicative informative messages.
  • Raise of eyebrows express astonishment.
  • We frown in displeasure or confusion.
  • Envy or disbelief may be displayed by a raised

  • EmotionsThe face is the most reliable indicator
    of a wide range of emotions Joy happiness ,
    fear , annoyance, surprise, anger, sadness etc.
  • When we are shocked we open our mouth.
  • Blushing is another facial phenomenon
    that expresses emotion. A shy person becomes red
    in face when attention is focussed on him.

  • Smiling smiling frowning are two major facial
  • A genuine smile means I appreciate you I
    accept your ideas.
  • A frown means I find you puzzling.
  • Laughter Laughter is composed of a broad range
    of gesture sounds.
  • Ha-Ha is a genuine laughter.
  • He-He is a mocking laughter.
  • Hee-Hee suggests a secret giggle.
  • Ho-Ho communicates surprise

Head Gestures
  • The Head Nod A nod depicts a positive signal
    a head- shake signifies no or a negative
  • Head nods show continuing attention , it also
    depicts what is happening to us emotionally.
    Heads tilt is a signal of interest.

  • Eyebrows
  • People lower or knit their eyebrows when they
    show disagreement or displeasure.
  • Frown when in displeasure.
  • Mouth
  • When raised , the mouth communicates positive
    feelings , happiness , optimism.
  • If kept straight to conceal emotion.
  • Turned down to express sadness, confusion ,

  • The Lips When one does not utter a word lips can
    be eloquent because silent lips express a wide
    range of emotions from smile to frown.
  • Throat when the Adams applejump unconsciously
    signals anxiety, embarrassment or stress.

The Eyes
  • The eyes can be steely, knowing, mocking,
    piercing, shifty. They can level a burning
    glance, or a cold glance or a hurt glance or
    again can be wise , knowing , inviting , scary ,
    disinterested and so on.
  • Pupils dilate when a person is interested.
  • We gaze in order to perceive the expressions of
  • We look straight in the eye to get attention.

  • Ways of Looking
  • Side long glance is referred to as stolen look.
  • Blank stare depicts boredom.
  • Sparkling eyes are an attribute of those who
    have magnetic personalities.
  • Glasses
  • Peering over glass depicts being judgmental or
  • Dark glasses are worn by those who conceal their
    genuine feelings.

  • The Human hand is a restless organ
  • Limp hands show boredom.
  • Nervous or jittery person shows restless hands.
  • Clenched hands often shows frustration.
  • Clapping of hands shows applause.

  • When the arms are crossed they form a barrier
    to an impending threat.
  • Arms folded with finger tucked in armpits
    thumbs sticking out this is when subordinate
    faces his superior whom he considers equal.
  • Arms behind the back is resorted by those who is
    experiencing an inner conflict.
  • Neck stroking signals suspicion.

  • Putting objects in mouth is when they are busy
    with something.
  • Pinching the bridges of nose indicates a person
    in deep thought.
  • Nose rub is a sign of rejection.
  • Chin stroking is when people are in deep
  • Slapping the head signifies self punishment.
  • Hands behind the head is used by professionals
    who are confident dominant.

Styles Of Handshake
  • Palm down thrust signifies dominance or
  • Palm up position shows submission by the giver.
  • Glove Handshake Politician Handshake, this is
    with people one is familiar with.

  • Crossed legs signify negativity.
  • The foot lock is especially among shy timid
  • The ankle lock signifies holding back of strong
    feelings , attitudes emotions.
  • Sitting on edge of chair indicates compromise,
    accept or agree or conclude.
  • Rocking or swinging in chair indicates a person
    is in full control of situation.

Walking Gestures
  • Arms swinging.
  • Hands in pockets.
  • Hands on hips.
  • Meditative walk.
  • Confidence walk.
  • Leadership walk.
  • Swagger.

When _____ people enter an elevator, they
  • 1.One or two
  • ...lean against the walls of the elevator.
  • 2. Three or four
  • ...occupy a corner.
  • 3.five or six
  • ...all turn to face the door. 
  • ...get taller and thinner. 
  • ...hands and purses and briefcases hang
  • down in front of the body, or "fig leaf

  • ...must not touch each other in any way unless
    the elevator is crowded, and then only at the
    shoulder or lightly against the upper arm. 
  • ...have a tendency to look upward at the
    illuminated floor indicator. 

Thank You!!