Work Smarter//

10 Proven Tactics for Reading People’s Body Language

'You can learn a lot about someone's intentions and emotions from their body language.'

You can learn a lot about someone’s intentions and emotions from their body language, if you know what to look for. We’ve compiled some tips in the graphic below to help you better understand what people are really telling you.

Reading body language is, of course, not an exact science, so here is some more context on the tips above:

1. Worry, surprise, or fear can cause people to raise their eyebrows in discomfort. So if someone compliments your new hairstyle or outfit with raised eyebrows, that person may not be sincere.

2. Whether you know it or not, your vocal range shows your interest. “Once a conversation begins, besotted women slip into sing-songy voices,” Psychology Today reports, “while men drop theirs an octave.”

3. When you look at someone in the eyes, it sets an arousal state in the body. A leering stranger can evoke fear, while the stare of a lover can kindle romance.

4. In an attempt to avoid looking shifty-eyed, some liars will purposefully hold their gaze a touch too long, so that it’s slightly uncomfortable.

5. Psychologically, crossed legs signal that people are mentally, emotionally, and physically closed off, which may mean they are less likely to budge in a negotiation.

6. When two people are getting along and feeling a connection, their postures and movements mirror each other’s.

7. The smile is all about the crow’s-feet around your eyes. When you’re smiling joyfully, they crinkle. When you’re faking it, they don’t.

8. Someone who is receptive to your humor is most likely interested in you. Laughter serves as a way of signaling a desire for a relationship, be it platonic or romantic.

9. They include holding an erect posture, purposeful walking, steepling, palm-down hand gestures, and generally open and expansive body postures.

10. A shaky leg can signal anxiety and irritation.

Drake Baer and Max Nisen wrote an earlier version of this story.

Originally published at www.businessinsider.com

More From Business Insider:

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Work Smarter//

How to Read People's Body Language to Figure Out What They're Thinking

by Shana Lebowitz
Community//

5 Proven Tips To Make You A Better Listener Today

by Anna Wood
Wisdom//

Simple Ways to Get People to Like You

by Eric Barker

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.