Tips #7: How to read body language

‘Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.’ – Deborah Bull

We all know that most of the interaction and communication is done through body language.

Knowing is good but, being able to analyse body language gives a great advantage in all the communication situations such as Interiews, Negociation, Love, friendship etc…

You can learn a lot about someone’s intentions and emotions from their body language, if you know what to look for.

We’ve compiled some tips in the graphic below to help you better understand what people are really telling you.


Reading body language is, of course, not an exact science, so here is some more context on the tips above:

1. Worry, surprise, or fear can cause people to raise their eyebrows in discomfort. So if someone compliments your new hairstyle or outfit with raised eyebrows, that person may not be sincere.

2. Whether you know it or not, your vocal range shows your interest. “Once a conversation begins, besotted women slip into sing-songy voices,” Psychology Today reports, “while men drop theirs an octave.”

3. When you look at someone in the eyes, it sets an arousal state in the body. A leering stranger can evoke fear, while the stare of a lover can kindle romance.

4. In an attempt to avoid looking shifty-eyed, some liars will purposefully hold their gaze a touch too long, so that it’s slightly uncomfortable.

5. Psychologically, crossed legs signal that people are mentally, emotionally, and physically closed off, which may mean they are less likely to budge in a negotiation.

6. When two people are getting along and feeling a connection, their postures and movements mirror each other’s. If you want to be attractive to someone, mirror him/her !

7. The smile is all about the crow’s-feet around your eyes. When you’re smiling joyfully, they crinkle. When you’re faking it, they don’t.

8. Someone who is receptive to your humor is most likely interested in you. Laughter serves as a way of signaling a desire for a relationship, be it platonic or romantic.

9. They include holding an erect posture, purposeful walking, steepling, palm-down hand gestures, and generally open and expansive body postures.

10. A shaky leg can signal anxiety and irritation.


Thanks a lot for reading and let me know what you feel about this in the comments !

Cheers

R.

 

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