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Radical hair styles: A person who’s hair is far beyond ordinary.  This person is usually rebellious, adventurous, trendy, a nonconformist, artistic, expressive, is trying to fit in with certain peers, has no regard for personal appearance, has a need to be different or is being affect by their culture.

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Rapid speech: A voice trait when the rate of speaking occurs at an above average rate making what is being said difficult to follow.  Talking fast can be due to lying (fast talking salesman), a reaction to growing up in a house where it was hard to get a word in, a basic insecurity, poor self-esteem, efforts to gain attention, nervousness, impatience, anxiety, insecurity, excitement, fear, drugs or alcohol use, anger, desire to persuade or being caught in a lie.

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Rapport or rapport building:  When bodies flow in unison while in conversation as if in a dance, they have achieved perfect rapport.  Good rapport includes, proper turn taking in speech, matched pace, tonality and volume, mirroring or echoing with respect to posture, matched gesturing and agreement indicators are present and used appropriately to create a seamless and synchronous conversation between two or more people.  Rapport is a nonverbal necessity in forming social bonds in friends, in sales to produce comfort and agreement.  In all situations, rapport produces liking.  It is good rapport that is felt when people feel relaxed and comfortable with others.

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Raspy voice: A raspy voice is a trait usually found in people who smoke, but it can also be due to a cold, bronchitis or physical ailment.  Other times a raspy voice is due to overuse or misuse of the vocal cords.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Readiness To Submit PosturesReadiness to submit postures: Cues that can eliminate, or significantly reduce the possibility of confrontation usually done by making the body smaller and lowering the eyes.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ready LanguageReady language: Postures or positions that indicate a desire to leave or take action.  Putting the weight forward on the toes, extending a foot in the direction one wishes to exit and putting the hands on the knees are a few examples.

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Reading readiness: When a nonverbal reader has the foundation, understanding and awareness to predict behaviour in other people.  It involves knowing the catalogue of body language cues in addition to their meaning, and then carefully observing them in others with an unbiased, objective eye to decipher hidden meaning.

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Recognition gestures: An indication that a person has identified someone familiar.  The signals include a smile, eye widening, eyebrow flash, waving and so forth.

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Rectangular table seating arrangements: A table dimension that makes it possible to structure power.  The head of the table gains the most power except when it puts their back to the door.  Power trickles down as one moves down the table from the head.  The person sitting opposite the head is in a competitive arrangement with them.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Regal Stance 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Regal Stance 2Regal stance: A standing body position whereby the arms are placed behind the back.  It signifies a desire not to be touched and a haughty attitude.  Royalty and those of high rank will be seen performing this stance.

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Regulating: One of the six main categories of body language.  This category of body language carries all that is aimed at controlling the pace of a message.  It includes all body language used in proper turn-taking such as head nodding, mouth gapping to indicate a desire to speak, eye contact, and so forth.

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Regulators: Used to modulate and maintain the flow of the speech, or turn taking, during a conversation.  They include kinesic such as head nods or nonkinesic such as eye movements as well as verbal utterances such as “mhums” and “yeses.”

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Reinforced arm crossing: A full arm cross in combination with clenched fists in a cluster.  This cluster indicates hostility and defensiveness.  When arm crossing is combined with a tight-lipped smile or clenched teeth is signifies that a verbal or physical confrontation is immanent.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rejection Body Language 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rejection Body Language 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rejection Body Language 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rejection Body Language 4 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rejection Body Language 5Rejection body language:  Cues used to repel others such as turning the head away and body away, holding an expressionless face, staring blankly, bringing the hand up to stifle a false or real yawn, sneering, fidgeting or picking the fingernails, open rejection of conversation, and so forth.

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Regional style: Fashion and apparel that provides cues to a person’s heritage.  They can include male bikini style bathing suits, cowboy hats, distinctive jewelry or other accessories, big hairdos and so forth.

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Register: Is the range of the voice from its highest of highs to it’s lowest of lows.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Relaxed Body Postures 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Relaxed Body Postures 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Relaxed Body Postures 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Relaxed Body Postures 4 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Relaxed Body Postures 5Relaxed body language: Relaxed includes a letting down of defensive and closed body language that is typically guarded and rigid for a more open or loose form body language as a person becomes more comfortable.  Examples of relaxed body language include a loose body, leg spreading, removing attire, increasing proximity and gesticulation.  More extreme relaxation includes laying down or throwing a leg over the arm of a chair.

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Relaxed body postures: Found in people that feel they belong or “own” a situation.  They include a loose and open body.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Remotivating Or RemotivateRemotivating or remotivate: Nonverbal gestures used to control the reaction of others.  When a women displays sexually to gain an advantage she is said to be remotivating her target.  Acting submissive to dominant individuals is also a form of remotivating.

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Repeating: One of the six main categories of body language.  Repeating says that body language is used to convey the same meaning as what was just iterated verbally.  If one says “move that over there” then, after a moment pointing in the direction to which one wants something moved, then body language has served to repeat a thought.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Reptilian Brain (the) Or The Honest BrainReptilian brain (the) or the honest brain: The reptilian brain produces visceral bodily responses such as heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, respiration, digestion, and reproduction.  The reptilian brain is the brain stem.  It produces nonverbal body language that is deemed more truthful than that generated by the neocortex which is capable of producing conscious movements.  When a person defense their territory and competes for dominance it is due to the reptilian brain.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Resentment Body Language Or ResentResentment body language or resent: A set of signals that forms the backdrop to anger or jealousy that happens when someone has had something taken away from them of which creates envy and negative feelings toward that person.  The body language of those with resentment habitually involves some form of distancing from the stimulus which has caused the emotion.  Resentment body language includes crossing the arms, stiffening of the body, grimacing, pouting, avoidance, looking away and various anger signals.

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Resonance: An aspect of voice cause by vibrations in the vocal chambers such as the mouth or pharynx.  An authoritative voice resonates from within the chest whereas thin and tight vocal cords produce resonance through the head creating a higher resonance.  Low resonances are deep, mellow and earthy, whereas high resonance appears nasal and at times annoying.

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Restraint, restrained, restraining or restricted behaviour: Nonverbal language and movement that is more limited than a person’s baseline.  It often indicates a fear response due to anxiety and sometimes predicts lying.

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Rictus: A term stemming from the Latin word meaning “open mouth.”  A fixed grimace resulting from extreme shock or nervousness.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - RisoriusRisorius: Muscles located at the corners of the lips which stretch the mouth toward the ears in the false smile.

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Ritual gestures: Movements that are created between two or more people to build a connection.  They can include blowing kisses from mother to infant, silly dance moves, or secrete handshakes.  These can extend into adulthood through sports such as end-zone celebrations and other elaborate signals.  These gestures are aimed at building relationships and connectivity since they are formulated between close knit people in an exclusive setting.

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Rocking: A rhythmic motion of the torso from side to side or from front to back.  Usually rocking signifies a negative thought and based on its intensity and persistence spells to what degree it is felt.  High intensity rocking is found in the mentally ill, and low grade rocking can be found in infants who are bored.  Rocking also indicates nervousness and can be found in people preparing for sporting events, or to take stage.  In this case, rocking is a substitute for pacing.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rogatory PostureRogatory posture: When the arms are completely outstretched with palms up we call it the “rogatory” posture, or prayer-like.  It is a posture used to signify a desire to be believed and trusted however it also tells of a person who lacks conviction.

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Rolled up sleeves (on men): Most powerful when done in a shirt and tie, this gesture symbolizes a desire to get down to business in a less formal manner.  Barack Obama can be seen doing this when speaking on change and action.  Women usually perceive this body language as masculine and sexy since it puts the forearms on display.

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Room encompassing glance: Occurs when a women first casts her eyes around the room for 5 to 10 seconds.  If she spots someone she is interested in, she will take a second look. This second glance is directed toward a specific man.  It will be short, and she will rotate her head 25 to 40 degrees to the side then look away (usually downward) within about 3 seconds.  Women usually continue this behavior until they meet their target’s eyes.  At this point, the target and the woman will hold a mutual gaze lasting about 3 seconds with eye contact broken most often by the women.

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Rotation of the pelvis:  While sitting or standing, a woman may subtly roll her pelvis to draw attention to her sexuality.

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Roving eyes: Eyes that wander all over the room making a person seem disinterested and superior.

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Round table seating arrangements or team style seating: A relaxed informal way to sit that promotes discussion among people and creates egalitarian relationships.

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Rituals: Habitual gestures that repeat within a culture including ceremony, idiosyncrasies or social norms.

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Rituals of nervousness:  Person specific patterns that outline tension in a person.  They can include stroking the arm of a chair, playing with a pen, playing with the hair, or adjusting clothing.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rubbing The EyeRubbing the eye: Usually signifying doubt or disbelief although sometimes indicating fatigue or to alleviate an itch.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rubbing The ForeheadRubbing the forehead: An evaluative body language gesture but also one that signals an internal struggle where slight to severe discomfort is being experienced.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rubbing The Hands GesturesRubbing the hands gestures:  A universal signal indicating that someone is prepared to receive something and is figuratively like washing or cleaning them.  In an evolutionary sense it is mean to keep the gift which is about to be received clean.  We often see those closing important contracts or sales rubbing their hands.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Rule Of FourRule of four: States that to get an accurate reading of people’s body language you need to find at least four congruent signals at the same time.

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Rule of mixed signals (the): This nonverbal rule says that when there is a mismatch between someone’s body language and their words, rely more heavily on the body language when trying to accurately read a person.

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Rule of negative body language (the): This nonverbal rule says that when a person mixes positive and negative body language rely more on the negative cues than the positive cues.  The rule is designed to account for the fact that a person is habitually hiding negativity so as to appear more in control and less abrasive in the eyes of others.

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