In this article, I’ll cover Arm and Hand Body Language Analysis. I know doubt know someone that reads this article will say to themselves, “I just feel more comfortable with my arms crossed in front of me.” Body Language Analysis is used because it has been proven to work for many people.
If you feel comfortable with a specific body position it is because you are feeling a certain way. Ask yourself, when would you feel comfortable with your arms crossed while enjoying yourself with a loved one? Have you ever seen anyone cross their arms in excitement? Just a few things to think about, as you read this article.
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- When shaking someones hand, if your hand is on top you are trying to dominate and vice versa.
- An equal handshake, in which both people shake in a vertical manor, with equal pressure, is the best way to generate good rapport.
- To make sure you are able to create an equal handshake, step slightly to the left and forward when approaching a handshake.
- Do not shake with both hands or touch any other part of the body unless you have an intimate relationship.
- At most, a brief touch to the elbow during a handshake has been shown to generate good feelings toward a stranger.
Finding Truth From Hand Body Language
- A valuable clue to whether the person is being open and honest is whether they are showing their palms or not. Honesty equals palm displays.
- When men lie they are obvious. When women lie they move around busily.
- If a person says they can’t do something and they show you their hands they are telling you the truth.
- If you are talking with your palms it will force others to speak truthfully.
- Hands clenched in front of a person means that they are holding back a negative reaction.
- Holding ones wrist in your hand behind your back is an attempt at self control. The farther up the wrist the person is holding is a barometer of frustration and anger.
- If a person places their head on their open hands as if on a platter they are saying that they admire you.
- If a person is picking imaginary lint they have a secret opinion that they don’t want to tell you.
- Hands folded in front, hand in hand, shows they are feeling vulnerable.
Annoying Hand Body Language
- If you use a palm down gesture you are exercising authority. This will antagonize most people.
- Pointing at a person is one of the most annoying gestures.
- Never rub your thumb to your fore-finger around people.
- The rubbing of the hands together shows that they are expecting something positive.
- The speed at which they are rubbing shows who they think will benefit. If a person rubs their hands very slowly they are showing they expect results just for themselves.
Authoritative Hand Body Language
- The steeple hand gesture represents that you are confident and self assured. This gesture should be used very sparingly because it can come across as arrogant. If however you want to guarantee a look of confidence this is the look.
- By pressing your fore finger to your thumb you will come off as authoritative, but not aggressive.
- Holding hands behind the back shows that you are confident and feel superior.
- Hands on hips shows they are preparing to dominate unless the elbows are held close to the body and are submissive.
- If the person tucks their thumbs in their pants rather than rest their hands on their hips they are being very aggressive.
- Thumbs protruding from pockets shows that the person feels they are superior to others.
- If the hands are held out from the body that shows that they are feeling superior.
What the Arms are Saying
Folded Arm Body Language Signs
- We fold our arms in front of ourselves when we feel threatened or don’t like or trust something.
- When you fold your arms you lose credibility
- If you are folding your arms while grasping your biceps it shows that you are feeling insecure.
- If you clench your fists while folding your arms people will see you as being hostile.
- Arms crossed with thumbs turned up shows that the person is warming up to you.
Creating Invisible Walls
- Women will often use their purse to create protection in some situations.
- If in a meeting a person puts a drink on the opposite side of the hand in which they’re drinking that shows that they feel uncomfortable.
Two Last Tips
It has been shown that if you briefly touch a person’s elbow, which is considered a public space away from intimate parts of the body, for less than three seconds, that gesture will give you three times the chance of getting what you want. Elbow and hand-touching, when done, briefly grabs attention, increases your influence over others, makes you more memorable and creates a positive impression on people. So the next time you meet someone new, briefly touch their elbow. This is considered the easiest way to make a great first impression.
If you are having trouble getting someone to open up. Ex: Arms and Legs are crossed. Offer that person a drink to get them to open up to you. A hot beverage works best because the person will be forced to open up so they don’t burn themselves.
That’s All Folks
I’ll continue with the Gestures and Body Language Tutorial in the next article. If you have any questions leave them below.
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