Today we are going to look into common body language signs, the type of signs you observe every day at work or at home. Knowing these signs will help you understand others better. Before we begin, please keep in mind that body language gestures and movements should be only interpreted in context of other movements. Almost everything is relative in body language. Let’s take a movement of an arm, for example. It will be only significant when the distance between starting and ending points is significant. Otherwise it’s just movement.
In addition, some signs can send important messages in one context and be completely meaningless in another. Scratching the nose when listening to someone talking can mean disagreement; but if it’s person who is talking is scratching the nose it could be also indication of a lie. At the same time scratching the nose can be a simple indication of an itchy nose.
Finally, don’t become body language obsessed. Not every move has to have a meaning. Reading and interpreting body language is an art and not an exact science, no matter how we try to systematize it.
Talking while moving the hands or playing with a finger ring
Nervousness, anxiety, or embarrassment.
Eyes and face suddenly come down as if the person swallowed back his expression
Guilt, self-condemnation, shame.
Excessively jerky movements
Shrinking body movements
Depression, despair, low spirits.
Head tilted and fingers playing with small object or doodling
Boredom, apathy, lack of concern.
Taking off eyeglasses or looking away
Leave me alone or don’t look at me.
Here is more:
- body language signs of lying
- body language signs for flirting
- eye language
- types of smiles and their meanings
- male body language
And before you go here is an awesome speech by Amy Cuddy on how changing your body language can change your life.
The lesson learned: don’t just concentrate on other people’s body language, pay attention to your own as well.