By Greg Williams
He was overly impressed with her and her accomplishments. His embrace was meant to display just that — his swell of pride for her. But during the embrace, he felt her attempt to break free as a hostage might do at the first glimpse of freedom. He wondered what he’d done wrong. Later he commented to her about the embrace — and the perception he had of her breaking free. She smiled and said, at least you were aware of it — most people aren’t. I don’t like being hugged.
How attuned are you to the #body #language #secrets that people emit every day? If you are aware of such signals, what do you observe the most and why?
The following are a few body language insights that will allow you to understand people better and become a better communicator.
The gesture becomes displayed when someone shifts their head to the right or left after its been in a straight or opposite position. It’s interesting to note when it occurs because it denotes someone going into an inward evaluation. Thus, the gesture may originate from something you said or thoughts the person is contemplating.
One eyebrow cocked — This sign usually indicates inquisitiveness as to the possible believability of what’s said or outright skepticism.
Lowered eyebrows — Guarded, deception, annoyance, are the signs that this gesture indicates.
Raised eyebrows — Taking in more of the environment — can also denote surprise or interest (note the degree that the eyes widen — that’ll give you more information as to the thought of the person displaying the gesture.)
Palm Hand Gestures:
Hand up, palm facing out -The hand up and palm facing outward signals nonverbally to the other person to halt what they’re saying or doing. As the receiver of that action, you can gauge the degree of the intent by the distance the action extends from the other person’s body. As an example, if they commit the action and their hand is close to their body, the signal is not as strong as if they had a full-body extension of their hand — that would be a stronger gesture because they’re indicating a greater distance between themselves and what you’re saying or doing.
Palm up and open — Accepting, mentally open to receiving information — can also be internal mental contemplation. It can also be a sign of consternation — this occurs if hunched shoulders accompany the gesture.
As a body language signal, feet convey more information than most people are aware of. Thus, you should always be mindful of what someone’s feet are signaling.
Feet aligned — When your feet are in alignment with the person with whom you’re engaged (i.e. both sets of feet are pointing at each other), both of you are succinctly engaged with one another — you’re in mental alignment.
Foot pointing away — As someone points a foot away from you, they’re shifting their weight because:
Take note of when such gestures occur. Doing so will allow you the insight to shift and control the conversation.
At the beginning of this article, I posed the question of how attuned are you to the body language secrets that people emit every day. As you see, there are many signals that you might observe. And, if you’re aware when such signals occur, you’ll have greater insight into the mindset of the people you interact with. That will allow you to better understand them and communicate more effectively. Plus, it’ll give you an insider’s roadmap into their thought process and where it’s headed. That too will allow you to help them upon their journey or exit because you choose not to accompany them. Either way, you’ll have greater control of the environments you’re in… and everything will be right with the world.
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