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Idiosyncratic body language: Individual nonverbal cues that are person specific that are built into their character which are repeated as specific stimuli or emotions resurface.  They provide the body language reader with reliable cues to underlying meaning in a particular person, but not necessarily any other.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - IllustratorsIllustrators: Gestures that we use while speaking that are directly linked to words.  We use these gestures in cooperation with the verbal language to help emphases meaning.  Examples of this is the motion of throwing whilst speaking of tossing a ball or using a punching motion to emphasize what happened during a fight, or by describing something, as in, “It was this wide”, then spreading the hands apart to show just how wide it was.

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Impatience: Nonverbal signals that indicate a desire to move to a task that includes fidgeting movements such as drumming the fingers, rocking from side to side, bouncing a leg or foot, slapping the thigh with the hand.  These gestures are substitutes to the actual task a person wishes to perform.

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Impression management:  The desire, motivation and knowledge to control, either consciously or subconsciously how one is perceived by others through the conveyance of information.  It includes acting strong, submissive or muted when required, as exhibited through nonverbal means.

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Inbau, Fred E.: Born 1909, deceased 1998 Fred Inbau was a Professor of Law.  In 1945 he joined the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law and later headed the Criminal Law department.  As his career developed he became more and more fascinated with police interrogation and worked closely with police officers in their training.  He wrote a very popular and influential book by the title “Criminal Interrogation and Confessions” as well as “Reid nine steps” which details various techniques useful in interrogating suspects.

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Inclusion and exclusion technique: Standing or sitting positions that either include or exclude others from conversations based on orientation.  It is usually meant to describe a three person affair that have formed a triangle, but inclusion and exclusion can happen with just two people also based on orientation alone.  When a third person arrives, the technique to exclude involves an orientation where the original two remain facing each other or, if not facing head-on will close the angle between them even further (from a ninety degree angle to zero, or head-on).  This shows that the third person is not accepted.  Usually only the head will turn toward the person who is not included.  Therefore to exclude someone, the technique says that shoulders or torsos face away from the excluded and toward the included.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Incomplete Arm Crossing Or Incomplete Crossed Arms 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Incomplete Arm Crossing Or Incomplete Crossed Arms 6BodyLanguageProjectCom - Incomplete Arm Crossing Or Incomplete Crossed Arms 5Incomplete arm crossing or incomplete crossed arms: Where one arm crossed over the body to clasp the other arm or elbow.  This posture represents a desire to create safety as one would have experienced when a parent held the arm.

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Incomplete gestures: Gestures such as half shrugs or partial smiles.  These indicate that a person lacks true commitment to what is being said.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Incomplete Arm Crossing Or Incomplete Crossed Arms Incongruent part 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Incomplete Arm Crossing Or Incomplete Crossed Arms Incongruent part 2Incongruent:  A state or cluster of cues which are not consistent and when they come together formulate a mixed or confusing message.  This state often happens in those who are trying to hide their true feelings.  An example includes open postures with palms up, which is honest, but then return their hands to their pockets as if they are hiding something.  At times, incongruent body language is legitimate including simply being unsure of a position.  Incongruent body language is perceived in a negative light by others who are aware of it.

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Indecision or indecisive body language: Found in people caught between two or more options.  Nonverbal cues of indecision include shifting back and forth in a chair, looking back and forth between objects, tilting the head from one side to the other, opening and closing the hands and opening and closing the mouth without saying anything.

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Independent and opposite position: A seating arrangement where two people face head-to-head across the table, but not directly – rather they are adjacent.  We see this when people sit in busy places with other strangers or wish to work by themselves.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Indicators Of Disinterest IOD 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Indicators Of Disinterest IOD 1Indicators of disinterest (IOD):  Nonverbal cues or signals put out by men and women that show they aren’t interested in an interaction.  They can occur in a dating context, business context, or any social context.  Turning torsos away, crossing arms, avoiding eye contact, looking away, drumming the fingers in boredom, or picking imaginary lint are all body language cues showing a lack of interest.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Indicators Of Sexual Disinterest IOsDIndicators of sexual disinterest (IOsD):  Nonverbal cues or signals put out by men and women that show they aren’t interested in a sexual relationship or interaction.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intimate Gaze Or Triangular Gaze Pattern 2Indicators of sexual interest (IOsI):  Nonverbal cues or signals put out by men and women that show they are interested in a sexual relationship or interaction.

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Inebriation body language or drug use or alcohol use: Signals imparted by people who have been exposed acutely or chronically to various types of drugs.  These include slurred speech, rapid speech, exaggerated behaviours such as loud talking, becoming to close or talking too quietly, red eyes, squinting eyes, glazed eyes, bags under the eyes, mood swings, loss of inhibition, shaking, red nose, odor, inconsistent behaviour, poor hygiene and a withdrawal from normal routines.

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Influential body language: Using body language to change opinions, create sales, build relationships that previously didn’t exist, display various strong attributes and reinforce messages while speaking as well as other constructive uses.  This differs from manipulative body language since it does not induce someone into decisions that are damaging.

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Informal meeting environments: Locations where people come together to talk about business or to casually chat as friends.  This type of setting includes round tables, sofas, coffee shops or park benches.  They lack stuffiness and are therefore informal.  These types of environments invite friendship, trust and openness and can serve to build rapport quickly.

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Inner self: That which influences of all nonverbal communication to produce the character that is seen by others.  It is that part of the self that consistently and routinely controls body language patterns of which is nearly impossible to consciously control.  The inner self is the aspect one is required to change in order to change nonverbal patterns to portray traits that are more desirable.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - IntensityIntensity: A measure of the amount of emphasis placed in a nonverbal message.  It is a term that describes the amplitude to which, for example, the arms and legs reach and the strength of a smile or frown.  It is an indication to the dept of the emotion that is felt and its accuracy to what is really felt.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intention Movements, Intension Postures Or Intension Cues 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intention Movements, Intension Postures Or Intension Cues 2Intention movements, intention postures or intention cues:  A position that indicates what someone wishes to do.  Pointing toes toward or away, leaning or looking away and hands on legs in sprinter position are all intention movements since they tell where one wishes to go.  Intention cues can also outline a gesture that a person wishes to do, but is otherwise holding themselves back from doing.  For example, when children play-fight, they may gap their mouth in a play face signaling intention biting and at other times even follow through when brought to full anger.  As adults shaking a fist or vigorously pointing a finger at someone is an intention to strike or spear a person.

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Interlacing fingers or interlocking fingers: Happens by locking the fingers together and rubbing them one inside the other as a means of pacifying.  It indicates high stress and low confidence.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Interlocking Feet Or Interlocking Legs 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Interlocking Feet Or Interlocking Legs 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Interlocking Feet Or Interlocking Legs 3Interlocking feet or interlocking legs: Where the legs are crossed at the ankles while sitting or standing.  Usually indicates a hidden thought or emotion, but can also signify high comfort or a desire to stick around especially when standing.  When sitting, it can be done by wrapping the legs around a chair showing anxiety, concern or discomfort.

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Internal radar: A filter that when triggered accepts or rejects people.  For example men have an internal radar that accepts women’s hip to waist ratio to be seventy percent whereas women’s radar on the same characteristic is set to ninety percent.  Women also have internal radars for height, income and intelligence whereas men have internal radar for large breasts, long legs and blonde hair.  Internal radar is not just set for sexual cues, it spans all facets of life.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Interpersonal DistanceInterpersonal distance: Refers to the ways in which people treat the space, or lack thereof between them and how they repel or are attracted to one another.

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Interpersonal communication: Refers to the ways in which people convey information to one another including through verbal and nonverbal channels.

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Interpersonal relationships:  Refers to the social associations, connections or affiliations between two or more people.

Introverts: People that become easily affected from outside stimuli and seek refuge in quieter places.  These types of people tend to freeze up more in public, but are loose when in their own element.

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Interrogators: Experts such as the FBI, CIA, military personnel, police and psychologists who specialize in interviewing suspects in order to reveal criminality versus innocence or to extract information by reading hidden messages in body language.  They often focus on lying and lie detection and have been shown through research to be more effective at uncovering liars from truth tellers when compared to regular people.  The goal of interrogators is to avoid false confessions by comparing the relaxed baseline of an individual against stimuli that creates stress to uncover leads for further investigation.

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Interruptions in speech: When a person cuts off another person mid-sentence.  Sometimes this is due to good reason such as adding to the conversation or excitement, and other times is due to a desire to impatience, boredom, desire to control the topic or be persuasive or attention seeking.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intimate Gaze Or Triangular Gaze Pattern 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intimate Gaze Or Triangular Gaze Pattern 2Intimate gaze or triangular gaze pattern: The eyes will travel continuously in a pattern from eye to eye then down to the mouth.  They will also wander briefly to other parts of the face although the vast majority of time is spent looking at the eyes and mouth.  When the eyes make forays to the rest of the body, they check out the clothing, overall build, jewelry and rings.  The intimate gaze lasts around 4-5 seconds.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intimate Space ZoneIntimate space zone:  A distance of 18 inches or closer which is reserved for only very close friends or romantic partners.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Intimate TouchingIntimate touching: Touching aimed at creating or maintaining sexual connections including kissing, holding hands, rubbing the shoulders, touching intimate areas including the breasts and groin, etc.

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Intuition: Intuition includes the processing of information that we’ve obtained by observing people.  When someone says they have a “bad” feeling about someone or they feel “uneasy” or the salesman was “slimy” they are using their intuition.  Sometimes though, our intuition becomes clouded by preconceived notions and new information is tainted or distorted.

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Invisible lint picker (the):  Shows a critical listener and indicates that what was being said is disliked, contempt and disapproval through eye contact avoidance and distraction.

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Inward lip roll: A similar meaning to compressed lips which is due to frustration and withholding of information or feelings.  It is akin to bottling in the pressure and keeping everything inside.  Sometimes the lip roll is due to intense concentration, but usually it is due to indecisiveness, nervousness and deception.

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