How To Read Human Body Language
There are many reasons why you might want to learn how to read human body language. Humans use their bodies to “talk” much more than they use words. Body language generally is much more truthful than the things that they say. Reading human body language is somewhat of an art. Not only do you need to understand what certain actions mean but you must also be able to tell if they are natural of forced to read human body language.
To read human body language, you will need:
- To know what you are looking for
- A keen eye
- Sitting. When a person is sitting and swinging their legs this showers that they are fidgeting and not paying attention. If their legs are crossed it could mean that they are uptight.
- Head. When a person head is held erect it means they are confident. When a person nods or leans towards you it means they are intent on listening to what you are saying or agree with what you are saying. Eye contact is always a good thing that shows confidence and that they aren’t hiding anything. When a person looks away or their eyes shift from one side to another it could mean they are lying or trying to hide something
- Hands. If someone has their hands in their pockets it could mean they are trying to hide something or that they are bored. Handshakes should be strong with palms touching. This shows confidence and that the person isn’t hiding anything. Crossed arms could show that someone is hiding something or in disagreement with something.
- Posture. Standing straight shows confidence. Slouching or other bad posture could mean they are insecure and not confident in themselves.
- Smiling. Smiling is one of the hardest human body languages to read. It can be hard to tell the difference between a smile and a smirk. A smile could mean that someone is happy and content or it could mean that they are hiding something and know something that you don’t.