The Importance Of Body Language

Sep 06, 11 The Importance Of Body Language

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. It’s a well-known fact that body language is a huge part of our self-expression, often giving away our true feelings. For example, when fielding questions from your tias, tias abuelas and their amigas about your singledom, you paste on a smile and politely answer Yes, I’m sure I’ll find a husband soon, too, thank you for asking. But your unsmiling eyes and crossed arms say Mind your own business, viejas chismosas. Certain gestures and expressions are clues into people’s inner motives and thoughts, so it’s good to be familiar with at least some of the most common ones:

  • Touching or tugging on the ear can mean indecisiveness
  • Tilting of the head symbolizes interest
  • Closing the eyes or pinching the bridge of the nose indicates a negative evaluation
  • Touching or rubbing the nose is a sign of doubt, or rejection of an idea
  • Legs crossed pointing in your direction signify interest in you
  • Irritation or disinterest during a conversation can be expressed by a lack of eye contact and numerous sideways glances
  • When recalling a memory, people usually look up and to the right (very useful if you want to know if someone is lying)

Speaking of liars, they have a bunch of specific tells you should be aware of. Body language is not too hard to decode; with just a little practice, you’ll be able to tell who likes you, who is trying to deceive you and which celebrity couple is faking it for the cameras. All without a word being uttered.

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