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Dart (the): A type of gait characterized by short, yet indecisive burst.  It signifies indecision and lack of direction.

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Darwin, Charles R.: Born 1882, Darwin was an English naturalist who proposed the mechanism of natural selection within the theory of evolution.  It stated that all species of life descended from a common ancestor through decent with modification.  He explained his findings in his 1859 book “On the origins of species.”  In 1872 he published a book titled “The Expression of the emotions in man and animals” that discussed how animals and humans express their instinctive behaviours.  In his book, he covers how man and animals both express similar states of mind by the same movements.  Darwin covered “low spirits” such as anxiety, grief, dejection and despair, “high spirits” such as joy, love, tender feelings and devotion, along with hatred, anger, disdain, contempt, disgust, guilt, pride, helplessness, patience, affirmation, surprise, astonishment, fear, horror, shame, shyness, modesty and blushing.

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Death grip handshake: A macho bone crushing grip indicating aggressive personalities who intend to try to dominant you from the start.

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Debbie downer: Term used to describe a person who drags other people down simply by portraying negative body language or topics.  We say these people are pessimistic and they bring us down because all people tend to mirror those around them.  Therefore their negative attitude produces negative feelings around them serving to drag others down as well. Even nonverbal language where no spoken words exist can spread from person to person.

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Decoding: The act of extracting useful and accurate information based on visual nonverbal cues emitted by another person or persons.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Defensive Body Language Or Defensiveness 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Defensive Body Language Or Defensiveness 2Defensive body language or defensiveness: Defensive body language is a set of postures that make the body feel protected, secure and comfortable in awkward situations.  Defensive body language is also similar to submissive body language in that the postures are aimed at protecting vulnerable parts of our bodies, or in size reduction turning our bodies into smaller targets.  Examples include crossed arms, gripping crossed arms, partial arm crosses or masked arm crosses, leg crosses, ankle crosses and foot locking, clenching the teeth, jaws or lips, averting the eyes, hands on the hips, quick exhalation and exiting from a situation.

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Deliberate body language: Body language that is consciously emitted and controlled so as to create a desirable impression.  When a person feigns politeness when they really feel anger, rage or dislike, they are using deliberate body language.  Deliberate body language is usually used to maintain social norms, hide negative feelings and display confidence.  Deliberate nonverbal language is less useful than spontaneous nonverbals because it represents the image a person wishes to convey rather than true underlying emotions.  The nonverbalist will be careful to study these as well however, since they provide clues as to how a person wishes to be perceived by others.

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Democratic bosses: Democratic bosses are most often female and their most popular sentiment is to make others feel welcome and comfortable.  They will try to build personal relationships and welcome new ideas and thoughts to the conversation.  Their office will have informal meeting places and the door will ‘always be open’.  Other signals of the democratic leader, is her desire to build rapport, she will use touch more often if possible.  To work with this type of boss, mirror their language.  Use open body language when she does, and feel free to chat with her when necessary.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Depressive Body Language Or Depressed Body Language Or DepressionDepressive body language or depressed body language or depression: When the body is weighed down by gravity such as slumping the head and shoulders, it is an indication that a person does not feel well emotionally.  Depressive body language also includes desire for isolation, poor concentration, inability to focus on tasks or plan ahead, low and quiet speech, relaxed or slack body, downcast eyes, poor grooming, dejected facial expressions and inexpressive eyes, slow and deliberate movements, change in appetite, forgetfulness.  Those with negative feelings lack a characteristic bounce and enthusiasm in their body movements.

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Designer labels: When a person tends toward wearing or carrying items that include prominent logos.  These are clues to a person’s values and lifestyle and can outline a person’s hobbies or their desire to display wealth.  The nonverbalist should make note of apparel because it is not randomly chosen, but is a reflection of a person’s character and goals.  Prominent logos indicates image conscious who lacks confidence who is trying to buy credibility, souvenir t-shirts reveal a person who is trying to appear worldly, sports shirts indicate team affiliations.  These themes are more meaningful when they are repeated from day-to-day.

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Dilated pupils: In body language dilated pupils indicate that a person is aroused, be it from fear or attraction.  When the eyes view something stimulating, they dilate or open so as to allow more light to penetrate making seeing easier.  Various studies show that our pupils also respond to positive stimuli by constricting when a person sees unpleasant or uninteresting stimuli.  For example, pupils constrict when viewing nude images of the same sex but dilate when viewing images of the opposite sex.

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Diminutive movements: Movements motivated by submission which render the body less expansive and more compressed.  Women are habitually seen performing this stance when trying to appear attractive to men and men will use the gesture to reduce punishment.  It is performed by head lowering or bowing, pulling the arms in, crossing the legs instead of spreading them, lowered eyes and curling up.  Gesturing is also reduced and when it happens, the limbs remain close to the body rather then form sweeping motions.

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Disappearing lips: When the lips are compressed tightly due to stress, anxiety and negative thought processes.  It is opposite to full expressive lips that show contentment.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Disapproval Cues 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Disapproval Cues 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Disapproval Cues 3Disapproval cues: Nonverbal signals that are culturally specific that serve to indicate that a behaviour is not permitted.  These usually emanate from the face (“the look”), but can also stem from the body such as arm crossing, finger wagging, distancing behaviours, body orientation or ventral denial.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Discomfort Body LanguageDiscomfort body language: Includes any body language that says that a person feels threatened.  It includes body language such as ventral denial, reduced proximity, erecting barriers, freezing or reduced movement, lack of mirroring, increases in heart rate, breath rate, sweating, a change in normal colour in the face or neck, trembling or shaking in the hands lips, or elsewhere, compressing the lips, speech errors, unfriendliness, withdrawal, anger, nervousness, fidgeting, drumming the fingers and other repetitive behaviours.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - DisengagementDisengagement: Body language that shows that a person wishes to exit a conversation or topic.  It is usually signaled by orienting the body away from the speaker or by creating distance such as stepping away or leaning backward.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Disguised GesturesDisguised gestures: A form of partial gesture that is incomplete and abbreviated yet hidden from view or stymied.  For example, hands that rest of the lap can be turned palm upward signifying that ones doesn’t know or the shoulders might raise only a fraction of a degree to indicate that one is unsure.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Disgust 2Disgust: One of the six main universal facial expressions characterized by eyebrows that are turned inward, raised upper lip, winkled nose and a raise in cheek muscles.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - DislikeDislike (nonverbal): Nonverbal communication that shows a person lacks a connection and is in disagreement with another person.  Dislike is conveyed through reduced or nonexistent eye contact, neutral facial expressions or scowling, polite smiles or non at all, ventral denial, head shaking, reduced proximity of leaning away, lack of touch or touch avoidance, hand withdrawal.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Displacement BehaviourDisplacement behaviour: Displacement behaviours include actions set to preoccupy in order to dehumanize the outside world – especially in more crowded areas.  The list of behaviours included nail biting, gum chewing, grooming, tapping the does, head scratching or playing with jewelry, but can also mean looking and acting ‘out of touch’ or closed off.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Distancing Or Moving AwayDistancing or moving away: When the entire body, or part of the body moves away, rather than toward, someone or something.  Distancing indicates that a person is not in tune with whatever it is they are being repelled by.  In other words, arms or legs can be pulled away from people when there is a lack of agreement.

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Dodpi: Abbreviation for The Department Of Defense Polygraph Institute.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Dominant Body Language 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Dominant Body Language 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Dominant Body Language 5BodyLanguageProjectCom - Dominant Male StanceDominant body language:  This is any body language that increases the area the body takes up.  Shoulder up and back, head held high, arms out and relaxed, legs apart.  The greater the area the body takes up, the more dominant the body language.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Dominant Male StanceDominant male stance:  A stance where the feet lie flat on the ground, weight is across both feet, the arms are placed to the side rather than in pockets and hands do not prop up against a wall or table.  The hips are forced forward slight, with the legs just wider than shoulder width.

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Dominator (the): A type of client who makes strong eye contact, is suspicious of the salespersons motives, uses a firm voice, neutral or negative facial expressions, may be grabby and uses touch to influence the salesperson.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Double Arm Hug Or Self Hugging 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Double Arm Hug Or Self Hugging 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Double Arm Hug Or Self Hugging 3Double arm hug or self hugging:  Hugging ones self is both defensive and a closed body position.  Hugging can be done by grabbing both arms across the body or by clasping one arm onto the arm on the opposite side.  People who hold this posture exclaim that they are cold, but in reality, the cold sensation stems from feeling awkward.

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Double gripper politician handshake or double hander (the): Both hands are used to sandwich the other person’s hand.  It is an intimate handshake but in the wrong company can be taken as insincere and create negative feelings.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Doubt Or Disbelief Body LanguageDoubt or disbelief body language:  Nonverbal cues that signify that an idea or thought is being reject.  Body language revealing disbelief includes looking down, away, or upward, rubbing the eyes or lightly touching the inside corner or the eye, eye rolling, looking askance, twitching the nose and grabbing the ears, head shaking, grimacing, turning the corners of the mouth and exhaling quickly through the teeth.

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Dowdiness or rumpled or unkempt: A nonverbal term referring to a persons dress that is wrinkled but otherwise fairly clean, shapeless, outdated, bland, messy, unflattering, out-of-date and well worn.  It signifies a low socioeconomic background, that a person is artistic, intellectual, or is the absent minded professor, is preoccupied or is just outfight sloppy.  This type of person is usually preoccupied with other passions and lacks the interest to put anything into their look.  Other times they are just outright slobs and don’t care.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - DowntimeDowntime: Occurs roughly every three seconds whereby our minds ‘slip away’ and out of consciousness to give our minds time to relax and process information and to think about what we want to say next.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Down-Turned Smile Or Reverse SmileDown-turned smile or reverse smile:  Happens when the mouth is inverted into a down-facing “u” shape.  It indicates high stress, unhappiness, anger, tension and depression.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Downward Gaze Or Eyes DownDownward gaze or eyes down: Eyes that are averted by looking down.  Indicates submission, coyness, lack of certainty, defeat, guilt, shame or embarrassment.

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Dominance quotient: Abbreviated DQ is the relative desire to dominate situations and others.  There are three types, they are a) low dominance and uncomfortable with power, b) accept power, but don’t go after it and resist it from others c) go after power whenever possible.

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Double wink: The double wink is done by blinking both eyes at the same time and holding them closed for a slightly longer period of time than that which is found in a natural blink.  It is a less aggressive form of the single wink which some women find off-putting.

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Dressing for context: Consciously planning attire so as to carefully match or exceed (within limits) the dress of those in your immediate company so as to impress.  It means avoiding clothing that is far too dressy or far to relaxed.  This technique will yield the best possible results.

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Dressing for respect: Exceeding, or at least matching the fashion of those whom are in your immediate company so as to build authority.  Wearing polished suites, shoes and being well groomed in the presents of more casual wear will yield leadership qualities whereas dressing similarly, like mirroring will help build rapport.  Dressing for respect also says that wearing clothing that is stylish demonstrates respect for other people because it implies that one cares about the opinions of others.

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Dressing to impress or dress to impress: The act of consciously planning and coordinating attire to suit a given function such that it creates positive feelings in others.  When done properly, dressing to impress commands respect and authority from others.

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Dry coughing: A nervousness becomes more intense a person can be heard dry-coughing.  This is a limbic response to a reduction in salivation.

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Duchenne smile: This smile is called the honest smile and its giveaway is the appearance of crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes.  It draws its name from the French researcher Guillaume Duchenne who used electrodiagnostics and electrical stimulation to istinguish between real and fake smiles.

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Duping delight: Paul Ekman coined the term “duping delight” to explain possible reasons for an increase in certain cues while lying was taking place.  For example, fear and guilt associated with lying should decrease nonverbal cues such as eye contact and smiles, but the research shows us that eye contact usually increases during lying.  Two possible explanations exist for an increase in eye contact and smiling.  One is that smiling happens more often because the liar is experiencing pleasure with the act of lying which has been extensively proven through research on psychopaths, con-men and pathological liars, the second says that a smile is in fact due to stress and embarrassment which causes a stress smile.

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