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13 ways to read body language

Scientists once said that body language accounts for 80% of the message we try to tell others and that what we actually say is only 20%. Body language definitely plays an important role in communication.

Here I have a list of 13  body language and what they generally mean in Western culture. 

Squinting – When people see what they don’t like, feel threatened, or are unhappy, they squint their eyes.

Arched Eyebrows – When we raise our eyebrows, it means we are contemplating what we’re listening to and that we’re mildly intrigued.

Direct Eye Contact – means we’re interested, we’re listening, and that we’re focused on you. It also conveys that we got nothing to hide.

Blinking too much – means we’re nervous or anxious

Hands the Church Steeple – fingertips touching, palms facing apart conveys we’re thinking and that we’re about to make a decision or move.

Arms Akimbo – planting your hands with your thumps backward on your hips and elbows out in a “V” shape displays dominance or authority.

Feet facing directly the other person – It shows that we’re focused on the other person.

Crossed feet (Standing or sitting) – When we cross our feet standing or sitting down, it shows that we’re comfortable or relaxed, but sometimes also defensive.

Leaning Forward – means you’re interested in the other person and want to hear more of what they say.

Tilting the head and smiling – means flirting or being playful

Mirroring – Mirroring someone’s body language means they’re interested in you and trying to build rapport.

Arms Crossed – reserved, uncomfortable or defensive. Or to display dominance or authority.

Hands on the hips – means they’re impatient or aggressive or tired