Confusing Words in English Language. Free Reading..
11. Hands in upward direction
A common gesture with various meanings around a main theme of openness. Depending on the situation, this may be sign of admitting that , I don't have a answer. There is very common phrase used "Throwing in the towel", that means "Given up" and same feeling is expressed by showing our hands in upward direction.
12. Finger pointing
It is generally unacceptable and tends to indicate a lack of social awareness or self-control aside from arrogance on the part of the finger pointer. Rigid fingers indicates a more authoritative instruction or request to stop whatever behaviour is promoting the reaction.
13. Hands on heart
This is a sign to convince other person that I am truthful. Many times it is seen during the sales talk , Although easy to fake, the underlying meaning is one of wanting to be believed, whether being truthful or not.
Arms act as defensive barriers when across the body, and conversely indicate feelings of openness and security when in open positions, especially combined with open palms.Arms are quite reliable indicators of mood and feeling, especially when interpreted with other body language.
15. Crossed Arms
Crossed arms represent a protective or separating barrier. This can be due to various causes, ranging from severe animosity or concern to mild boredom or being too tired. Crossed arms is a commonly exhibited signal by subordinates feeling threatened by bosses and figures of authority. People also cross arms when they are feeling cold, so be careful not to misread this signal.
16. Chin up
Very similar to the 'head held high' signal. Holding the chin up naturally alters the angle of the head backwards, exposing the neck, which is a signal of strength, resilience and pride. A pronounced raised chin does other interesting things to the body too - it tends to lift the sternum , which draws in air, puffing out the chest, and it widens the shoulders. These combined effects make the person stand bigger. An exposed neck is also a sign of confidence. 'Chin up' is for these reasons a long-standing expression used to encourage someone to be brave.
17. Head down in activities
Lowering the head is a sign of loss, defeat or shame. Hence the usage of the expressions such as 'don't let your head drop', and 'don't let your head go down', especially in sports and competitive activities. Head down also tends to cause shoulders and upper back to slump, increasing the signs of weakness at that moment.
18. Head down position
Head down is generally a signal of rejection of someone's ideas unless the head is down for a purpose like reading or supporting notes. Head down when responding to criticism is a signal of failure or feeling ashamed.
19. Head shaking
Sideways shaking of the head may indicate disagreement, but it can also signal feelings of disbelief or frustration. Obvious of course, but often ignored or missed is the signal where the movement is small, especially in groups seemingly reacting in silent acceptance
20. Pronounced head shaking
The strength of movement of the head usually relates to strength of feeling, and often to the force by which the head-shaker seeks to send this message to the receiver. This is an immensely powerful signal and is used intentionally by some people to dominate others.
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