• Srijita Pathak

7 Extra-ordinary Psychological tips to understand body language of people

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Human beings are considered to be the most complex species on earth. Various studies and methods by various world-famous psychologists have been used in order to deduce the human mind.

Body language becomes one such component of human nature, which helps to analyze an individual’s mindset and demeanor.

Psychological Tips to understand other's body language
Your response has the potential to turn the tables on your side

Body language is a type of a nonverbal communication in which physical behaviors, as opposed to words, are used to express or convey the information. Such behavior includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.

Body language is also one of the major components used by behavior analysts as a part of their studies.

Study the Eyes

Eye behavior can be very telling. When communicating with someone, pay attention to whether he or she makes direct eye contact or looks away. Inability to make direct eye contact can indicate boredom, disinterest, or even deceit.

Psychological tips to understand other's body language
Your Eyes can steal the game from others

If a person looks down, on the other hand, it often indicates nervousness or submissiveness. A person’s blinking rate can also speak volumes about what is going on internally. Blinking rate increases when people are thinking more or are stressed.

Pay attention to proximity

Proximity is the distance between you and the other person. Standing or sitting in close proximity to someone is perhaps one of the best indicators of rapport.

On the other hand, if someone backs up or moves away when you move in closer, this could be a sign that the connection is not mutual. You can tell a lot about the type of relationship two people have just by observing the proximity between them.

See if the other person is mirroring you

Mirroring involves mimicking the other person’s body language. When interacting with someone, check to see if the person mirrors your behavior.

Psychological tips to understand other's body language
Mirroring: An act of showing interest

If someone mimics your body language, this is a very good sign that he or she is trying to establish a rapport with you.

Observe the head movement

Psychological tips to understand other's body language
Your Head position speak volumes about your personality

The speed at which a person nods their head when you are speaking indicates their patience – or lack of. Fast nodding indicates the person has heard enough and wants you to finish speaking or give him or her a turn to speak.

People also point with the head or face at people they are interested in or share an affinity with.

Look at the other person’s feet

A part of the body where people often “leak” important nonverbal cues is the feet.

The reason people unintentionally communicate nonverbal messages through their feet is because they are usually so focused on controlling their facial expressions and upper body positioning that important clues are revealed via the feet.

Watch for hand signals

Like the feet, the hands leak important nonverbal cues when looking a body language. This is an important tip when reading body language so pay close attention to this next part.

Unconscious pointing indicated by hand gestures can also speak volumes. For example, if two people are talking and one person holds a pad of paper in front of him or her, this is considered a blocking act in nonverbal communication.

Examine the position of the arms

Think of a person’s arms as the doorway to the body and the self. If a person crosses their arms while interacting with you, it is usually seen as a defensive, blocking gesture.

Psychological tips to understand other's body language
Crossed arms: A defensive sign!

When someone places their hands on their hips it is typically used to exert dominance and is used by men more often than women.

The above tips can help you in getting an insight about an Individual’s overall nature, but it is not necessarily full-proof. It helps develop a better understanding of people.

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