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How to Read Body Language

How to Read Body Language

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How to Read Body Language
How to Read Body Language
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the body is the mirror of
our feelings.If we are feeling great it shows in how we hold and use our
body. Conversely, if we look at someone else\u2019s body we can often tell how
they are feeling by the signals their body is giving.
So when it comes to dating, using/reading body language signals is a great
tool. You can observe this by watching a couple flirting with each other.

In case you don\u2019t think learning how to read and use body language is not
important, here are some statistics about the messages we receive from
someone we meet.

\u20227% of the information we receive is from what they actually say.
38% of information we receive is from the tone, inflection and speed
of their voice.
\u2022A staggering 55% of the information we receive is from their
body language.

These non-verbal signals will help you in dealing with the person but stay
focussed on what the person is saying. If you focus too much on their body
language signals, you and/or the other person may feel uncomfortable.

It is useful to be able to read people\u2019s body language, but it is equally useful
to learn how to get your body to send the right signals and eliminate the
wrong signals. See below for some body language signals.

Be warned: body language is very much open to interpretation. Many
signals have different meanings depending on the person/situation. Keep this
mind when you assess a body language signal.

Note: Look for 3 or 4 signals that convey a similar message or the one-
off inconsistent signal. Also, consciously practise reading/doing some of
the signals as much as you can. Learning, as you practise, what works
and what doesn\u2019t work for you will help you gain confidence to use body
language techniques consciously.

How to Read Body Language
Body Language Signals:
\u2022Open arms:
oEnergetically open and possibly feeling vulnerable
oA good way to show you are approachable, especially when
combined with open palms
\u2022Palms up/open hands:
oDefences down
oAn open heart
\u2022Palms on chest \u2013 When a person uses open palms that occasionally
touch their chest, they are signalling honesty
\u2022Outward, upward hand movements \u2013 This conveys an open and
positive message
\u2022Folded arms:
oA defence mechanism that shows the person is not open to what
is being said or done

oMay mean rejection
oPhysically cold
oStubborn in their outlook

\u2022Hands closed \u2013 A closed heart
\u2022Doodling \u2013 Bored

oAnger and to be avoided
oPhysically cold
oVery tense
oDefiant or triumphant when held in air

\u2022Feet under the chair \u2013 A sign of eagerness
\u2022Looking around:

oWants to get away
oThinking about something else
oBored with situation/conversation

\u2022Stroking chin \u2013 evaluating
\u2022Mirroring \u2013 This is evidence of two people getting on really well.
Each person copies the other\u2019s body language, usually subtly.
Mirroring occurs with:

oEye movement
oLeaning towards each other at the same time
oCrossed or uncrossed legs

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