Body Language: The Head

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.

The Hair

- Twirling hair around their finger:

–> nervous

–> if it is a woman and she is showing other flirting cues, she could be interested in you

– Touching their hair (not twirling):

–> relaxed

–> re-arranging their hair showing your opinion of them matters

–> if it is a man and he is showing other flirting cues, he is preening – showing a romantic interest

The Head

– Level:

–> self assurance, confidence

–> authoritative

– Tilt:

–> when you’re talking, they’re paying attention

–> when you’re asking them a question, they’re thinking of the best answer

Listening?… Thinking of the best answer?

– Nodding:

–> means Yes, and reflects agreement in most parts of the world (but be careful they are exceptions – it can mean No in parts of India, Bolivia, or inability to nderstand you in parts of Asia)

–> shows genuine interest

If you use nodding to seduce men or women, or to influence others, be aware of this myth about nodding:…

Nodding while you are talking only reinforces what the other person has in mind at that moment – not what you are saying.

However, do nod occasionally while this person is talking to you – to show you are interested and focused on them. Whether you are selling, persuading, or flirting, listening to someone always makes that person like you and trust you more.

– Shaking their head:

–> No, or disagreement in most countries.

Beware of any cultural differences with the other person, it means Yes in some countries (see Nodding).

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.

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