The key to the human society is communication. Thanks to our development as a species we’ve gained this ability to communicate in a complex but still effective manner.
The technology advancement has brought us to a world where we have numerous methods to communicate, and all these methods are a lot more simple and faster than the older methods.
Unfortunately, this has led to a decline in one of the most basic necessities – face to face communication. You don’t have to meet when you can text, right?
But the technology growth in the communication sector, still cannot completely substitute face to face interactions. Body Language is the reason behind this!
People all over the world have studied this separate and well developed domain known as body language. Our deepest behavioral patterns and traits are hidden within its complexity. If you pay close attention to someone’s body moves, you will realize that their “Body” can give them away while they say one thing but don’t mean it.
The aim of this article is to help you understand body language and tell apart all the signs that indicate that a person is not being honest while conversing with you.
- When a person lowers their head during a conversation, it indicates that the person lacks confidence. For instance, when a timid/shy person is being complimented, they will lower their head.
- When a person touches or tugs their ear for a longer period of time, they are probably indecisive.
- A false smile is limited to just the mouth, while a sincere one would light up the whole face – especially the eyes.
- If a person is interested in a certain conversation they would tilt their head.
- An overly tilted head signifies sympathy.
- Another clear way of showing interest in a certain conversation is nodding.
- When a person touches or rubs their nose it means that they are in doubt or think of rejecting an idea.
- If a person sticks their chin out, it is a clear indication of defiance.
- If you notice that someone rests their cheek on one of the hands, it indicates that they are thinking.
The Upper Body
- Courage and power is often shown by pushing back of one’s shoulders.
- If the person you are approaching or talking to keeps their arms open, it indicates that they are comfortable with your presence.
- People who are not willing to talk will keep their arms folded.
- Resting the arms behind one’s neck indicates that the person is attentively listening to you and is open to the conversation.
- One of the most common signs of aggression and assertiveness is pointing fingers.
- If a person touches the front of their neck, it means that they are concerned or interested in the topic.
- When a person thinks or evaluates something, they often press their fingertips together.
The Lower Body
- Putting the hands on your hips could indicate eagerness, readiness or even aggression.
- When the upper body lens back and the hips are pushed forward, it means that a person feels powerful.
- If you notice that a person is standing with their feet positioned far apart, it means that they feel very powerful.
- Sitting with one’s legs parted indicates that they feel comfortable with the people they are surrounded with.
- When a person is sitting in a way that one ankle is on top of the other leg’s knee and the top leg is pointing sideways means that the person feels overconfident and extremely powerful. This position is known as “Figure of four cross” and is considered to be one of the most powerful positions.
- When a person is bored, he/she would bounce their legs while crossed.
- Lowering of the eyes easily conveys the sense of fear or guilt in a person.
- If the person avoids eye contact, it means that they lack self-confidence.
- You can tell if the person understands what is being said if they squint or lower their eyebrows.
- Eyes widely open show that the person is interested in the conversation.
- Blinking rapidly indicates that the person is trying to evaluate someone or that he/she is being nervous.
- One of the most common indications of irritation is when a person quickly glances sideways in the middle of a conversation.
- If a person looks up and towards right, it means that he/she is trying to recall a memory.
- While thinking deeply, people tend to look directly upwards.
- When being insulted, a person would immediately break eye contact.