Gestures and their meaning

July 13, 2012 by
Filed under: Learn bodylanguage 

A list with often used gestures and poses and their meaning.

Gesture:

Brisk, erect walk

Meaning:

Confidence

Gesture:

Standing with hands on hips

Meaning:

Readiness, aggression

 

Gesture:

Sitting with legs crossed, footkicking slightly

Meaning:

Boredom

 

Gesture:

Sitting, legs apart

Meaning:

Open, relaxed

 

Gesture:

Arms crossed on chest

Meaning:

Defensiveness


Gesture:

Walking with hands in pockets,shoulders hunched

Meaning:

Dejection

 

Gesture:

Hand to cheek

Meaning:

Evaluation, thinking

 

Gesture:

Touching, slightly rubbing nose

Meaning:

Rejection, doubt, lying

 

Gesture:

Rubbing the eye

Meaning:

Doubt, disbelief

 

Gesture:

Hands clasped behind back

Meaning:

Anger, frustration, apprehension

 

Gesture:

Locked ankles

Meaning:

Apprehension

 

Gesture:

Head resting in hand, eyesdowncast

Meaning:

Boredom

 

Gesture:

Pinching bridge of nose, eyesclosed

Meaning:

Negative evaluation

 

Gesture:

Tapping or drumming fingers

Meaning:

Impatience

 

Gesture:

Rubbing hands

Meaning:

Anticipation

 

Gesture:

Sitting with hands claspedbehind head, legs crossed

Meaning:

Confidence, superiority

 

Gesture:

Open palm

Meaning:

Sincerity, openness, innocence

 

Gesture:

Steepling fingers

Meaning:

Authoritative


Gesture:

Patting/fondling hair

Meaning:

Lack of self-confidence; insecurity

 

Gesture:

Quickly tilted head

Meaning:

Interest

 

Gesture:

Stroking chin

Meaning:

Trying to make a decision

 

Gesture:

Looking down, face turned away

Meaning:

Disbelief

 

Gesture:

Biting nails

Meaning:

Insecurity, nervousness

 

Gesture:

Pulling or tugging at ear

Meaning:

Indecision

 

Gesture:

Prolonged tilted head

Meaning:

Boredom

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