. Nose-scratching while speaking is a warning sign, unless the person genuinely has an itchy nose. Often exhibited when recounting an event or incident.
Both hands on ears
. Not surprisingly gestures involving hands covering the ears signify a reluctance to listen and/or to agree with what is being said or to the situation as a whole. The gesture is occasionally seen by a person doing the talking, in which case it tends to indicate that other views and opinions are not wanted or will be ignored.
Hand supporting chin or side of face
. People who display this signal are commonly assessing or evaluating next actions, options, or reactions to something or someone. If the resting is heavier and more prolonged, and the gaze is unfocused or averted, then tiredness or boredom is a more likely cause.
Running hands through hair
. Take your pick - running hands through the hair is commonly associated with flirting, and sometimes it is, although given different supporting signals, running hands through the hair can indicate exasperation or upset.
Hands in pockets
. The obvious signal is one of inaction, and not being ready for action. Those who stand with hands in pockets - in situations where there is an expectation for people to be enthusiastic and ready for action - demonstrate apathy and lack of interest for the situation
. Logically the opposite of thumbs up. Rightly or wrongly the thumbs up and down signals are associated with the gladiatorial contests of the ancient Roman arenas in which the presiding dignitary would signal the fate of the losing contestants.
Rubbing hands together
. A signal - often a conscious gesture - of positive expectation, and often related to material or financial reward, or an enjoyable activity and outcome.
. In the Western world this signal is so commonly used and recognized it has become a language term in its own right: 'thumbs up' means approved. It's a very positive signal. Two hands is a bigger statement of the same meaning.
Signs of Nervousness
. This is easier to interpret , following are the general sign of nervourness ; adjusting cuff, watchstrap, tie, holding a drink in front of body with both hands, touching or scratching shoulder using arm across body.
Hands Strong expressive part of body
. Hands are expressive parts of the body, and because hands interact with other parts of the body. Hands contain many more nerve connections to the brain than most if not all other body parts. They are extremely expressive and flexible tools, so it is natural for hands to be used a lot in signalling.
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.
. 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.
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.
. 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.
. 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
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.
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.
. 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
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.
Head held high
. Sitting or standing in a High head position implies attentive listening, usually with an open or undecided mind, or lack of bias. It may also suggest analyzing what the speaker is saying.
Head tilted to one side
. Head tilted to one side suggests vulnerability, which in turn suggests a level of trust. Since tilting the head changes the perspective offered by the eyes it gives a different view on a subject.
Head forward upright
. Head forward in the direction of a person or other subject indicates interest. It also suggests coming into a closer personal space zone of the other person.
Head tilted downward
. Head tilted downwards towards a person shows a signal of reprimand or criticism or disapproval, usually from a position of authority.
Vigorous head nodding
. Vigorous head nodding indicates that the speaker has made his point or taken sufficient time. It is like a signal which tells the speaker to stop and shows disinterest
. Biting your lip may signal or suggest tension, anxiousness or stress, which can be due to high concentration on a particular job or before an interview. It may also suggest holding the words in the mouth. Can also indicate anxiousness or impatience at not being able to speak.
. Often an unconscious gesture of self-regulation - stopping speech for reasons of shock, embarrassment, or for more tactical reasons. The action can be observed very clearly in young children when they witness something 'unspeakably' naughty or shocking. Extreme versions of the same effect would involve both hands.
. Nail-biting is an inwardly-redirected aggression borne of fear, or some other suppression of behaviour. It becomes a comforting habit later, again typically prompted by frustration or fear. Stress in this context is an outcome. Stress doesn't cause nail-biting; nail-biting is the outward demonstration of stress.
Nodding the head
. Head nodding can occur when invited for a response, or voluntarily while listening. Head nodding when talking face-to-face one-to-one is easy to see, but you also detect tiny head nods when addressing or observing a group.
Slow nodding of head
. Slow nodding of head implies understanding and approving what other person is saying. However it can be easily faked. As with all body language signals you must look for clusters of signals rather than relying on one alone. Look at the focus of eyes to check the validity of slow head nodding.
. Unnatural laughter is often a sign of stress or nervousness as an effort to dispel tension or change the atmosphere. Artificial laughter is a sign of cooperation and a wish to maintain empathy
. A pasted smile appears quickly, is fixed for longer than a natural smile, and seems not to extend to the ears This typically suggests suppressed displeasure or a forced agreement.
Tight lipped smile
. A tighyt lipped smile stretches across face in a straight line, teeth concealed. It indicates a secret not ready to be shared, possibly due to distrust or dislike . It can also be taken as a rejection signal.
. In terms of body language genuine laughter is a sign of feeling at ease or relaxation. Natural laughter can extend to all the upper body or whole body. When we laugh, Endorphins are released. Pain and stress reduces. Also vulnerabilities show and can become more visible because people's guard drops when laughing. Laughter therapy is an accepted therapy to relieve the pain.
. Normal blinking rate is considered to be between six and twenty times a minute, depending on the expert. When a person blinks more times it implies excitement or pressure. Blink rate can increase to up to a hundred times a minute but is not a reliable sign of lying
. A wink is generally an intimate signal and is associated with male flirting. It is strange that a non-contact wink can carry more personal implications than a physical handshake, and in many situations more than a kiss on the cheek. A wink can also signal a shared joke or a secret.
Rubbing eye or eyes
. Rubbing your eyes or one eye can indicate disbelief, as if checking the vision, or upset, in which case the action relates to tiredness or crying or boredom, and not always a need for sleep. If however there is a long pronounced blink, this tends to support the tiredness interpretation.
. An upward roll of the eyes implies frustration or exasperation, as if looking to the heavens for help.
Direct eye contact
. Eyes that are focused on the speaker's eyes, tend to imply focused and interested attention, which is normally a sign of attraction to the person and/or the subject.
. Widening the eyes generally means interest in someone or something which often invites positive response. Widened eyes with raised eyebrows can indicate shock, but otherwise widening of eyes imply an opening and welcoming expression. In women especially widened eyes tend to increase attractiveness.
Direct eye contact while speaking
. Looking directly and maintaining eye contact is generally regarded as a sign of truthfulness But be careful many liars are experts at faking this signal
Looking left sideways
. Looking sideways generally suggests sounds; looking left suggests recalling or remembering. This could also indicate that the person is recalling what has been said by another person.
Looking left down
. When looking down left it indicates thinking about things through self-talk - concerning an outward view. Looking downwards right indicates the inward feelings view.
Looking left and up
. When a person looks left and up it is related to accessing memory in the brain, instead of creating or imagining. It is a reassuring sign if signalled when the person is recalling and stating facts.
Looking right and down
. When a person looks right and down it is a creative signal but not a fabrication - it can convey that the person is probably self-questioning his/her feelings about something.
Looking on rightside
. The upwards right eye movement can be a sign of dodging. Related to imagination and creative (right-side) parts of the brain, this can be a warning sign of fabrication if a person is supposed to recall and state facts
Looking right sideways
. When you are moving your eyes sideways it indicates imagining (right) or recalling sounds.
. Some people can control their outward body language to give the impression they seek to create at the time. This is sheer deception. A confident firm handshake, or direct eye contact, are examples of signals which can quite easily be 'faked' - usually temporarily, but sometimes more consistently.
Body language is relative to age and gender
. Considering the temperament and situation one should assess the body language. Especially when assessing the strength of signals and meanings - it's important to do so in relative terms.
Looking on left
. Recalling and and then stating 'facts' from memory in appropriate context often equates to telling the truth. Whether the memories or 'facts' are correct is another matter. Looking Left downwards indicates silent self-conversation or self-talk, typically in trying to arrive at a decision.
. Have you ever noticed that other people ?read? our voices in addition to listening to our words.Our timing and pace, intensity of voice, tone and inflection, and sounds like ?ahh? and ?uh-huh' etc convey more than the spoken words. Many times our tone of voice, for example, can indicate confidence, anger, affection or a command.
. Eyes tend to look left when the brain is recalling or remembering and right when the brain is imagining or creating. This relates to right and left sides of the brain - in this context broadly the parts of the brain handling creativity/feelings (right) and facts/memory (left).
. Do not underestimate the power of touch. We communicate a great deal through touch. A warm hug from your friend or a pat on your back can instantly relieve you of stress. Similarly a weak hand shake or a timid pat can leave a poor impression on the other person.
. When someone stands too close to you and talks, don't you feel uncomfortable? We all have a need for physical space, although it differs in cultures, in situations, and the proximity of the relationship. You can use physical space to communicate many different nonverbal messages, including signals of intimacy and affection, aggression or dominance
. Most of the time we communicate through our geastures unknowingly. Gestures are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. We express ourselves with gestures often without thinking. However, the meaning of gestures can be very different across cultures and regions, so it?s important to be careful to avoid misinterpretation.
. Eye contact is an especially important type of nonverbal communication. Your look can communicate many things, including interest, affection, anger, or attraction. For gauging other person's response, you just need to look into his/her eyes.
Body movements and posture
. A lot can be conveyed through non verbal communication. Have you ever considered how your perceptions of people are affected by the way they sit, walk, stand up, or hold their head. The way you carry yourself gives a wealth of information to the world.
. God has given us a very expressive face so we are able to express many emotions without saying a word. Unlike some forms of nonverbal communication, facial expressions are universal. The facial expressions for happiness, sadness, surprise, disgust and fear are just the same across countries