Warning! Reading body language is like listening to someone. Listed here are the possible meanings of many different body language signs. To avoid getting it wrong, please start with the short section “How Can You Read What People Think?” at the bottom of this page.
- By the side and away from the body
–> confident, strong
- Closed, crossed
- Touching someone’s arm
–> subtle invitation to trust or intimacy
You can subtly influence people and seduce men or women using this. Just as brushing someone’s hand (see Hands), touching someone’s arm makes them more likely to trust you and like you.
– Swagger (men), or discreet swishing hip walk (women)
–> seductive, subtle flirting
- Crossed over the knee or at the ankle
–> relaxed, but not completetly at ease
Ankle crossing over the knee (mainly men)
–> confidence, arrogance or assertiveness
- Leg twine (women)
–> physical attraction
- Uncrossed legs, slightly open
–> inviting body language, open to communication
- Touching their thigh
–> usually unconsciously, sign of attraction
(of course this does not apply if the person is walking or dancing)
- Hands in front of groin or chest area
–> closed pose, protective, defensive, not at ease
In a nutshell, our feet point in the direction our mind wants to go.
- Jiggling or Tapping
–> nervous gesture or bored (this is not necessarily a sign of irritation as you might sometimes hear)
- Turned in your direction
–> interested in you
If you are trying to influence someone, or to seduce a man or a woman, consciously point your feet towards that person.
- Turned towards the door
–> lack of interest, impatient to get out (avoid this position when trying to influence someone!)
Want To Know For Sure…?
The Golden Rule of Reading Body Language: Look for at least
another 2 or 3 signals with the same possible meaning – in
different areas of their body or communication.
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*** How Can You Read What People Think? ***
A single word, by itself, has many possible meanings. In the dictionary, you’ll find several likely meanings for each word.
To know the correct meaning, you simply look at:
- other words in the same sentence and
- the context of the sentence.
Reading body language is as simple. A body language signal by itself can mean many things.
To know which meaning is correct, you need to look at:
- other signals that could have the same meaning (at least 2 or 3) and
- the context of the situation (environment and conversation).
This is the golden rule of reading body language.