Body Language Sign

Body language can convey a person’s reactions or attitude without any verbal communication. Human communication is facilitated by use of language- with use of either verbal or with nonverbal cues. Reading of nonverbal cues and interpreting them accurately is a fine art but fortunately one which can be learnt. Human beings are capable of over 10,000 facial expressions and interpreting each one depends upon knowledge of the situation. However, learning to read people accurately enables one to control the situation and is a worthwhile investment of time and effort.  Lack of this knowledge can create negative impressions and can your the quality of life.


Body Language Basics


Below are the common signs of nonverbal cues and their interpretation are as follows:

  1. Brisk walk with shoulders erect and pushed back:  Confidence

  2. Erect stance with hands on hips:  Aggression

  3. Sitting with legs cross with swinging foot: Boredom

  4. Sitting with legs  slightly apart : Open, relaxed attitude

  5. Arms crossed across chest : Defensiveness

  6. Sitting with face resting on palm: Deep thinking

  7. Walking with hunched shoulders: Dejection, lack of confidence

  8. Rubbing of palms: Pleasurable Anticipation

  9. Steepling of fingers: Dominance

  10. Head tilted towards speaker: Interest in topic of discussion. Conversely, lack of interest is signalled by tilting of head away from the speaker.

  11. Downcast eyes: Negativity, lack of confidence

  12. Rubbing of nose or back of neck, eyes turned away from listener: Lying

Improvement of Body Language


Improving one’s body language starts with being aware of oneself at all times. It requires visualisation of how one appears to other people watching. With determination and some practice anyone can achieve a positive and pleasant body language that can be helpful in getting positive responses from others.  You can win job interviews, business proposals and good personal and social relations.

  1. We have role models whose generally positive and desirable body language we can observe and pick up. Public speakers and media personalities have a lot to teach us in this respect.

  2. While standing or walking ensure to keep your shoulders erect and spine straight. While walking, ensure to swing your hands naturally.

  3. When walking in a group, ensure to give each person their personal space. Leaning or walking too close to a person will give the person a feeling of being crowded and sends negative vibes.

  4. While sitting, sit well back on the seat with the spine touching the back rest. Feet should be planted firmly on the floor and hands should rest loosely on the lap or on the arm rest.

  5. While addressing a group, lean slightly towards the person (s) being addressed. Ensure not to stare aggressively at any one person but keep moving your eyes to include everybody in the group.

  6. Modulate your tone to be audible to everybody without being unnecessarily loud.

Top Comments

it was interesting reading about correct postures this will definitely help to develop confidence and proper way of communicating with others.
by pooja chaurasia     18-Apr-2012

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