Using body posture, facial expressions, eye movements, and gestures are ways to speak with out words. Human communication consists of 93 percent body language and paralinguistic cues, while only 7% of communication consists of words themselves.
What is your body saying?
Cupping your face in one or both hands, with your eyes not really focused on any one thing, staring off into space is almost universally the sign of boredom. It’s amazing how consistent this is in people. It does not seem to matter how old or young a person is, or what nation or culture they come from. People express boredom the same way in every culture.
Like boredom, nervousness is typically expressed in the same ways by everyone. You tend to very frequently bite your nails or stick your fingers in their mouths when nervous. Even mature adults tend to act the same way as little children when nervous.
When you’re feeling anxious, they tend to run their fingers through their hair a lot. Other signs of anxiety include rubbing your neck firmly, and squeezing the sides of your head with your hands. Anxiety and stress are very similar, see the section about stress below for some of the differences.
When you are worried, you tend to not pay attention to your surroundings, preferring instead to pay attention to whatever it is that’s on your mind. You tend to sit still and gaze into space often, and show signs similar to those of anxiety and stress. These signs may include rubbing your head with your hands, running your hands through your hair, and rubbing your head. You also may wring your hands a lot, or be very fidgety.
Anxiety is typically associated with worry, while stress can be caused by fatigue or anger. When you’re really stressed out, you tend to squeeze your head with your hands. Your eyes may become bloodshot, and you may hold your posture in a much more tense manner. This is, of course, bad for your health. Another sign of stress can be repeatedly grabbing or pulling on your hair, or pounding your head into either your hands or a surface.
When you’re genuinely happy, you smile. You laugh. You relax. It’s obvious, and you show it. When you fake a smile, it shows around your eyes. A real smile will make your eyes crinkle around the edges, and it can be seen from far away by anyone who pays attention.
When you’re confident, you tend to relax your body, and stand more upright. You also tend to smile and breath more naturally. Those around you can sense your confidence, and they react positively to it.
Whatever you are doing, and however you feel, you almost always are broadcasting your feelings to the people around you. Make sure you’re broadcasting the right things!
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