Is your body language giving away too much?

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US President Donald Trump has no doubt delighted body language experts who rarely see in world leaders the flamboyancy he displays. In one highly analysed piece of footage – where he shoves his way to the front of a group of world leaders – he appears to have displayed everything from aggression to meekness, the experts surmised.

One described his go-to pose, where he leans his head back and juts his jaw out, as showing the arrogance of someone looking down on others. No wonder he elicits strong reactions from those watching him.

Have you ever been bewildered by a person’s reaction to you while you speak? Is it possible that your body language is sending the wrong (or right) signal? Here are five body language signs that may be revealing more about you than you want to show:

  • Slouching: rolling your shoulders inwards can indicate that you are stressed or sad. Improving your posture signals you have a positive outlook
  • Touching your face: some people might think you are being flirtatious when you touch your face or twirl your hair as you talk. It is seen as a sign that you want to attract attention
  • Gesturing: body language experts say that using your hands while you speak can make your listeners more easily retain the message you are delivering. But gesturing wildly will make you seem out of control
  • Tight lipped: if you tend to purse your lips, someone who understands body language may conclude that you do not speak truthfully. They say liars are more likely to have this habit
  • Personal space: if you lean too far away from someone trying to engage with you, you may come across as not so trustworthy. People who lean in to others are considered more reliable. 

Can you read other people’s body language? Have you ever been wrongly accused of something because of your body language?

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Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    tight lipped etc depends on what type of person your talking to like some one who doesn’t socialise easily

  2. 0

    Body language is a subconscious action and the reading of another’s body language is a subconscious reaction. To change one’s body language is extremely difficult as, firstly, one needs to know that their body language display is viewed by others as making them uncomfortable and, secondly, one cannot actually change the subconscious but can only mask it and this is not easy to do.

  3. 0

    Excuse me – My one metre required gap is not an indication of being untrustworthy. I just want my space!
    My weakening bone structure is the reason for the curve not sad or tiredness.
    Tight lipped indicates a listener not a talker.
    I am old Country bumpkin – someone is reading too much into body language and coming to the wrong conclusion.

    • 0

      Yeah I just want them to stay the hell away from me. By the way I really dislike women who stand too close and touch you . Hand on the arm or shoulder , if I wanted them to touch me I’d buy them flowers.

  4. 0

    Two thoughts:

    1. “Body language” is not a language, because it does not convey explicit ideas the way verbal language can;

    2. Knowing what postures and bodily gestures ‘mean’ invites the possibility of using them for manipulatory purposes or disinformation. Confusion upon confusion!

  5. 0

    Funny whenever I’ve seen a woman playing with her hair I thought it was because she had nits.



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