Body Language - 5 simple facts you should know

1. Touch
How you touch another person reveals how you feel toward them.
When you make full contact with your palm, this communicates warmth, familiarity and fondness.
Touching with only your fingertips means less fondness, maybe even some discomfort.

When a person touches you and you notice that his hands are warm, this tells you he is more or less at ease.
Cold, clammy hands mean he is tense – not necessarily because of you, but possibly because of the circumstances.

2. Clenched fists
Clenched fists with thumbs tucked out usually mean firmness of resolve.

Clenched fists with thumbs tucked-in indicate discomfort. This person is anxious or angry and trying to calm himself.

3. Chopping movements with hands
Chopping is for emphasis, and is usually present in people who are very rigid about their thought process.

If you use this gesture, just don’t be too aggressive when you do it.

4. Finger Pointing
Pointing a finger at a person while speaking is an authoritative gesture. People do this when imposing themselves: parents do it to their children, teachers to unruly students.
It’s usually interpreted as aggressive and angry, a show of arrogance – it can easily make the other person go into a confrontational, invasive or offensive mode.

5. Rubbing hands together
Hand-rubbing indicates anticipation or anxiety about something to come. The gestures used to dissipate stress.

6. Crackling of knuckles -
Expresses release of anxiety and readiness for action.

7. Hands on hips - sideways
This is sometimes mistaken for unfriendliness, but it’s often really just a position of readiness. This is often observed in workaholics, athletes and productive people.

8. Hands in pockets
Pocketed hands indicate unwillingness, mistrust and reluctance. If a person keeps his hands in his pockets, you will need to first gain his interest as well as his trust.

by -

Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS, DPM, MD(mindmantra))
(Psychiatrist, Motivational Writer and Counselor)

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