Body language: treacherous gestures



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If the soliloquy of the interlocutor is too long, we like to start tapping nervously with our fingers on the table. A clear stop signal that betrays our true thoughts. But actually we do not want to look in the cards ...

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Just want to run away

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The drumming on the table is like saying, "If you do not stop talking soon, I'll jump up and run away." Running away like this very often determines our body language.

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If a negotiating partner with a calm, upright upper body and a confident facial expression is sitting at the negotiating table, he gives the impression that he is the master of the situation.

When the restlessness rises imperceptibly in us

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But suddenly the feet are almost imperceptibly restless. Again and again they move back and forth. Even though this unrest is not yet reflected in the upper body, it is an infallible sign that the matter is slowly becoming delicate.

He wants to flee, but must suppress this impulse and thus hide the other's true feelings.

When feelings are a disadvantage

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It has become very important in our world in many situations not to show our true feelings, to preserve the appearance.

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It would not be very beneficial for us if that Chef would notice what we actually think of him. Or if the customer realizes that he is about to buy the annoying shop keeper.

Treacherous body language

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In any kind of negotiation, it is crucial for success not to let others look into the cards. Therefore, we try to hide our feelings as much as possible.

Many have recognized that it is just the body language that she keeps betraying. Therefore one is very concerned about a conscious use of the body language. Body language trainees are very popular not only among politicians and television supporters.

Remove the ground contact

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To avoid a constant unwanted movement of the legs, we like to beat one leg over the other. Although we have immobilized the feet, but at the same time also partially lost the contact with the ground.

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Only those who are firmly on the ground with both legs have a firm "point of view" - it has a convincing effect. If he has hit one leg over the other, there is a high risk that the "air leg" starts to move up and down restlessly.

Who will flee, who will attack?

Overview

If the tip of the foot is also directed towards the partner, the latter feels an unconscious threat. The foot step can be done at any time.

Any form of hectic and driving movements affects a conversation as an atmospheric disturbance. The conversation partner loses the thread rather, the attention is distracted from the subject matter, the hidden fight begins. Who will flee, who will attack?

When the hands contradict the words

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In contrast to the words, we are less able to lie with our hands. The language of the hands is more immediate and thus much more genuine. But sometimes the gesture with the hands can also act as a weapon.

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For example, who leans back in his chair and puts his hands outstretched, as if he wants to push something away, but emphasizes that he fully agrees with the matter, he lies - with his words! The hands, on the other hand, tell the truth, and with it the opposite: this is far from over, I prefer to push that far away from me.

The power of primitive times

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Let's stretch out our hands or while sitting our legs, we push something of us, get our distance, enlarge our territory. The other understands the threat: "Do not get too close to me, keep your distance!"

Before our primeval ancestors learned to use tools as tools and as weapons, they only had their bodies at their disposal, as the animal world does today.

Hand for self defense

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The hand is very suitable as a weapon: you can bang it into a fist, hit the edge of the tense hand like a hatchet or drill your fingers into the opponent's eyes.

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Granted, not too civilized ideas. Today we prefer to fight with remote-controlled rockets in case of emergency. Or in everyday working life with words.

Threaten with the fist

Overview

Sometimes, however, our hands fall into primordial patterns of behavior. Our sense of anger is then expressed directly by a clenched fist and not by an imaginary pressure on a rocket launch button!

Rarely do we keep the "opponent" this fist right under the nose - this gesture would be too clear. We prefer to hide them under the table, behind our backs or brake the indicated punch through the other hand.

Only in the extreme emergency does the fist slap down on the table. We do not threaten our desk, but the negotiating partner!

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The karate hand

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Anyone who often argues with the outstretched hand edge, the typical "karate hand", clearly means:

"Do not play with me, I'm ready to strike at any time and quite capable of shattering entire brick walls!"

Drill holes in the mind with the raised index finger

Overview

Even the raised index finger represents a clear threatening gesture. If I do not aim directly at the eyes of my opponent, I would at least want to drill holes in his rigid opinion.

Anyone who constantly points with his index finger and palms down to a place in a written document, acts like a sword defender, who practices threatening with his sword: "If you do not do what I want, I sting!"

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elbow tactics

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The slightly raised and forward elbows are also understood as a subliminal threat. It is not without reason that one often speaks of "ellbow tactics".

I get more space through the raised elbows, pushing all opponents seemingly far from me.

cross arms

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The charm that makes my arms cross, but can also be quite different in nature: when we freeze, we make exactly the same gesture.

Another time we are just tired of long standing, looking for new support and relaxation by changing our position.

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Signs of relaxation

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With his arms crossed, he simply lets himself be relaxed and pleasant-I signal the other:

"I take back at the moment, I'll let you speak, I just listen!" So many can interpret one and the same gesture. The true background is always clear from the overall context.

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