Lately, I’ve taken quite an interest in human behavior.
I’ve always enjoyed learning what made people tick but since I began studying anthropology, my interest has favored more towards body language and other means of social interaction. What’s more is that most people do not even know what it is that they are communicating; let alone how to interpret nonverbal cues from other people.
It’s quite surprising to think about the number of ways we unconsciously communicate our thoughts, feelings, opinions, beliefs, and perspectives without even knowing it. Why is it that some people exude confidence while others melt into the crowd?
Why are some shorter people so much more intimidating than taller people, whilst in the midst of an argument?
A good way of avoiding this is simply to step out of reach – you will no longer be feeding his or her ego by allowing the gesture.
Try focusing your eyes straight forward (not down) and broadening your shoulders, as well.Crossing your arms or legs is seen as a way of protecting the self or of hiding information, while keeping your hands in your pockets is like screaming “You won’t believe the secret that I have!” Having both hands placed in front of you, on a table for example, shows that you have nothing to hide and patting gestures are, as suspected, construed as sympathetic.So I thought to myself: “What are the first things that I notice about other people?
” The answers that I came up with, and that were supplemented by my readings, are going to be what I focus on for the remainder of this piece.Orienting your palms inward is friendly and inviting, while the reverse shows that you are firm in what you’re saying (especially if your fingers are close together).