Body language: Hands on hips meaning

The hands on hips pose is one of the most common body language gestures that we encounter. I’m pretty sure that most people, at least intuitively, know what it means. Still, the certainty of conscious knowledge is better than intuition. The former makes it less likely for you to ignore a gesture the next time you …

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What causes nail-biting? (Body language)

Why do people engage in nail-biting? What does the nail-biting gesture show? Is it simply because they’ve grown too long? What’s the nail-cutter for then? While nail-biting may have several causes, this article will look at what causes nail-biting gesture in people from the perspective of body language. We’ll also look at some other similar behaviors that …

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Body language: Covering eyes, ears and mouth

I first came to know about the ‘three wise monkeys’ in some random book that I read when I was a kid. The first monkey is covering eyes, the second covers its ears while the third covers its mouth. The wisdom that these monkeys are supposed to convey is that you should ‘see no evil’, ‘hear no …

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Positive and negative evaluation gestures

Positive evaluation gestures When we see or hear something positive, or at least perceive it to be as positive, we might do what are known as the positive evaluation gestures. I won’t be discussing the obvious positive evaluation gestures such as smiling, excessive eye contact, clapping, etc. but my focus will be on the lesser-known gestures that you’re likely …

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Touching chin in body language

In body language, the various gestures involving touching one’s chin signify the evaluation of the situation. To understand the different evaluation gestures, let’s consider a hypothetical scenario where you are taking part in a study and you have to listen to a presentation.  Since the context has already been provided, you’ll understand the meaning of …

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Body language: Hands touching the neck

‘Hands touching the neck’ body language gesture is one of the most common gestures that we observe in our day-to-day lives. This article explores the different ways in which people touch their necks and what those gestures signify. Rubbing the back of the neck Ever seen two furry animals, like dogs, in a fight? If …

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Body language: Scratching the head meaning

This article will discuss the meaning of head-related body language gestures such as scratching the head, scratching or rubbing the forehead, and clasping hands behind the head. Let’s start with scratching the head or hair. When we scratch our head using one or more fingers anywhere on the top, back or the side of our …

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Rubbing hands together in body language

Rubbing hands together is a commonly observed hand gesture. When you rub the palms of your hands together, it means you’re expecting something positive. People make this hand gesture when they’re excited about something about to happen. When you have to deliver a piece of good news about yourself, you’re likely to rub your palms …

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Hand gestures: Thumb displays in body language

Hands are an important means of human nonverbal communication. This article will explore the various hand gestures and their meanings with the aid of pictures. Do you know why humans rule the earth? What do you think has given us the greatest edge over other species? Why, among all the primates, only the Homo sapiens …

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