01/7Quotes on body language

"The human body is the best picture of the human soul." –Ludwig Wittgenstein



"Body language is essential for an actress, even if you don't use your body in an athletic way. Just to be free, to use it like your voice. A body can be small and have incredible violence. A body talks." –Anne Parillau



"Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words." –Deborah Bull

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02/7Body language gestures you ought to keep in mind

Sometimes, not just our words, our gestures, and body language too can create a misunderstanding, leaving a bad impression on the other person. Bookmark this page and make mental notes of some of the common gestures that you didn't even realise were leaving a bad impression.

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03/7Touching your face while talking

If you touch your face while talking to someone, you are leaving a bad impression on the other person. It is a very low-power gesture and you project nervousness, lack of confidence as well as control. This gesture turns people off. It also says that you lack presence of mind in the conversation. You are judged as a clueless or unprepared person at that moment.

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04/7Intertwined fingers

Many people have this habit of clasping their hands or fingers which is not a very good gesture. You may think that you look like someone with power or you are an authoritative figure but it is actually the opposite. It says that you are nervous, hesitant and worried and even lack confidence. If you are presenting something and your fingers are in that gesture then you may be perceived to lack preparation.

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05/7Crossing your arm behind your back

This gesture may seem like you are not welcoming any further communication from the other person or are very cocky and even authoritative. It shows that you do not trust the other person. According to psychologists, this gesture is a way of telling people that you are “unsure” of them. The more firm the grip is, the more it looks like you are frustrated or angry or even nervous around the person.

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06/7Standing cross legged

If it is not for holding your gallbladder, then this gesture is very negative. It strips you of your confidence and your words are not very effective. This posture makes you look under confident or anxious. This gesture is defensive especially when you cross your legs in the middle of a conversation. It looks like you have a very closed off attitude who probably does not care about the other’s opinion.

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07/7Lack of response

When you are a part of a conversation, you must make eye contact and show that you are listening. If you do not respond, do not make eye contact, don’t even nod or smile, you are showing that you are not interested. It is important to give cues!




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