Body Gestures

The verbal component of a face-to-face conversation is less than 35 percent and, over 65 percent of communication is actually done nonverbally.

The Eye Gesture:

The first person to look away in conversation or in passing – submissive

Eyes glancing off to the right: thinking about what just happened

Eyes looking off to the left: making up a story

People’s blink rate increases when they lie



Palm display equals – honesty

A purse or other object blocking body = distress

Hand rubbing or scratching the neck = dishonestly

Hands lightly on chin = interest and honesty

Shifting or shuffling of the feet = distress

Leaning the body forward = honest

Face becoming flushed will in conversation = dishonest


Cultural differences are many throughout the world, but the basis of body – language signals are the same, everywhere.

Most of the bases communication signals are the same all over the world. When we are happy we smile, when we are sad or angry, we frown or scowl.

Nostril flaring or sneezing is caused by anger, irritation, or when a person feels under physical or emotional threat, or that something is not quite right.

The shoulder shrug shows that the person doesn’t know or doesn’t understand what you are saying.

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