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Our Mood predominantly controls our body gestures and signals.

Even the people we meet have ability to read another person’s gesture. And what they think of our personality is reflected through their remarks like:

“You are looking splendid today.”

Our body also synchronizes well with the words we utter.

This particular ability to read others’ gestures is acquired through experience and knowledge.

Basic communication gestures
Shoulder Shrug Gesture
The shoulder shrug is also a good example of a universal gesture that is used to show that a person does not know or understand what you are talking about.

As the person gets older, his gestures become quite refined.

Lie Gesture

Child: It covers his mouth immediately with one or both hands. Teenager: He simply starts rubbing his finger lightly around his mouth Adult: He simply makes a nose touching gesture.

Note: Pointed finger shows assertiveness and aggression both. Dominant and Aggressive these are the three palm positions. Palm Gestures Submissive. Rub with a slow pace: This gesture says something is good for the doer. . Here speed/Pace makes the difference: Rub with a Fast pace: This gesture says that the doer has something good in store for you.Rubbing the palms together Rubbing the palms together: Rubbing the palms together is a way in which people non-verbally communicate positive expectation.

helping him take command of the situation. Glove handshake: Through this gesture the person tries to convey the impression to the receiver that he is rather trustworthy and honest. Two dominant persons shake: this particular mode of handshake is popularly known as “Shaking hands like a man”.Shaking Hands Dominant handshake: When the palm is turned to face downwards. . Submissive handshake: This way you give the other person control. you will have immediate authority and you take the control.

Like all negative gestures. signaling that the person was holding back a negative attitude.Hands Clenched Together A frustration gesture. . or the hostile attitude will remain. some action needs to be taken to unlock the person’s fingers to expose the palms and the front of the body. The gesture has three main positions: The person would be more difficult to handle when the hands are held high. than he would be with the person whom hands resting on the desk position.

•The Lowered Steeple . And it indicates a confident or 'know-it-all' attitude. •The Raised Steeple .Steepling Hands People who are confident and superior they signal their confident attitude by doing so. .The position is normally taken when the steepler is giving his opinions or ideas and is doing the talking.The position is normally used when the steepler is listening rather than speaking.

•Hand-Gripping-Wrist Gesture .The further the hand is moved up the back. Arms and Wrists Griping hands. Arms and Wrists •Superiority/Confidence Gesture –The first gesture signifies superiority and confidence. In this case one hand grips the other wrist or arm very tightly as if it is an attempt by one arm to prevent the other from striking out. the more angry the person has become. •Upper Arm Grip Gesture .which is a signal of frustration and an attempt at selfcontrol. .Gripping Hands.

Hand to face gesture The Nose Touch: This gesture represents “I doubt you” attitude. (Speaker does this to hide his own deceit Listener does it to doubt the speaker’s version) The Eye Rub: 'See no evil' gesture This gesture is the brain's attempt to block out the deceit. . doubt or lie that it sees.

it indicates that he is telling a lie. however. If the person who is speaking uses this gesture. he covers his mouth while listening. If. it indicates that he feels you are lying! .Hand covering mouth gesture Through this gesture many people try to disguise.

the index finger of the writing hand scratches below the earlobe. "I'm not sure I agree." . or may even scratch the side of the neck. The person scratches about five times. The Neck Scratch: In this case.Ear Rub and Neck Scratch The Ear Rub: An attempt by the listener to 'hear no evil' in trying to block the words which he considers a lie by putting the hand around or over the ear. This gesture is a signal of doubt or uncertainty and is characteristic of the person who says.

•Fingers in the Mouth: Morris's explanation of this gesture is that the fingers are placed in the mouth when a person is under pressure. .Collar Pull Gesture and Fingers in the Mouth Gesture •The Collar Pull: A person is feeling angry or frustrated or sweating and needs to pull the collar away from his neck in an attempt to let the cool air circulate around it.

Interested gesture is shown by a closed hand resting on the cheek.When the listener begins to use his hand to support his head. often with the index finger pointing upwards.Cheek Gestures •Boredom Gesture . •Interested Gesture . . . •Sitting with legs crossed and kicking is the other body language which indicates boredom. it is a signal that boredom has set in and his supporting hand is an attempt to hold his head up to stop himself from falling asleep.

the person has withdrawn from the conversation. . •When the crossed legs gesture is combined with crossed arms. reserved or defensive attitude.Standard Leg-Cross Position •One leg is crossed This is the normal crossed-leg position used to show a nervous.

•The person who has a hard and fast attitude in an argument or debate will often lock the figure 4 into place with one or both hands. .The American Figure 4 Leg Lock Position •This leg cross indicates that an argumentative or competitive attitude exists. stubborn individual who may need a special approach to break through his resistance. using them as a clamp. This is a sign of the tough-minded.

Standing Leg Cross Gestures .

Apprehension and fear •Female Version of Ankle Lock – Female defensive gesture.The Ankle-Lock Gesture •Male Version of Ankle Lock – Defensive Attitude. Apprehension and fear .

.Ownership gesture People lean against other people or objects to show a territorial claim to that object or person.

•If the person puts the glasses back on. It means the person is gaining time to reach a decision.Gestures with glasses •The glasses-in-mouth gesture can be used to stall or delay a decision. . this often means that he wants to 'see' the facts again. whereas folding the glasses and putting them away signals an intention to terminate the conversation.

Standard Arm Cross Gesture The standard arm-cross gesture is a universal gesture which signifies defensiveness. •It is also a gesture used by the 'know-it-all' individual and many people find it irritating when someone does it to them. or superior about something.Both Hands Behind Head This gesture is typical of such people who are feeling confident. dominant. .

but the basic meaning is aggression.Readiness Gestures •The individual is seen standing with the hands-on-hips pose. . •Some observers have labeled this gesture 'readiness' which in the right context is correct. for this is one of the most common gestures used by man to communicate an aggressive attitude.

.Seated Readiness Gestures The readiness gestures that signal a desire to end a conversation or encounter are leaning forward with both hands on both knees. or leaning forward with both hands gripping the chair.

lack of interest . impatience. playing with pen MEANING Confidence Depression Impatience Negative evaluation Insecurity. Biting nails.Here is Some more Body Gestures and their meanings : GESTURE Brisk Walking with upright posture Walking with hands in pockets Tapping or drumming fingers Pinching bridge of nose Patting hair.

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