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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Oblique Eyebrows Of GriefOblique eyebrows of grief: In this facial expression the eyebrows are pulled upward more so than the otter ends.

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Observation: Observation in body language reading implies that one actively watches the entire disposition of a person from their head to their toes including all their verbal and paraverbal cues.  There is a big disparity between just seeing something and actively evaluating what is being seen and this is what separates an average body language reader, from an expert.

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Oddball handshake:  A handshake that often includes bumps, slaps, flicks and clicks.  Meant to display a relaxed casual atmosphere and has its place to forming intimate friendships and bonds.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Offensive GesturesOffensive gestures: Culturally specific gestures that produce negative feelings in others such as the middle finger in the West and the okay signal in Europe.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Offered 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Offered 3Offered (the):  The hands are palm up as if giving a gift.  This is a beggar’s plea where agreement is desperately sought from the audience.

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Office artifacts or office props:  Office artifacts include any objects that take up space in the place of work.  They can be used to display status such as the use of trophies, plaques, certificates or interests such as model cars, sports memorabilia or pictures hung on walls such a nature or fishing adventures.  Lawyers are usually portrayed in front of a large library of books which is a nonverbal signal of the mountain of knowledge that “backs them.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - OK Gesture“OK” gesture:  Done by placing the thumb against the index finger forming an opening with the remaining fingers flared out.  It is considered more thought provoking and honest when compared to finger pointing because it place emphasis onto the speech rather than the listeners.  In Belgium and France however, it means that something is worthless, in Tunisia, Sicily and Southern Italy is an insult, and in Japan that they wish their change returned in coins.

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Ok personality:  People that are psychologically comfortable with who they are.  They usually have upright posture, with shoulders firm and square, head raised and their body is balanced.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Olfactory ProcessingOlfactory processing:  A secondary way of processing information like visual and auditory except the primary means involves the sense of smell.  It falls out of the normal realm with which people process information they receive but is occasionally referred to as a vestige.  People will use terms such as the following when they refer to their olfaction: This deal stinks.  Something smells wrong here.  Did you get a whiff of that?  This is fresh.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Once Over (the)Once over (the): A sexual or competitive eye pattern that follows the body over its entire form from the toes to the top of the head stopping at the buttocks, breasts and face, typically performed by men.  Women are rarely caught looking men over due to their superior peripheral vision.  Men have hunter eyes and focus intently on smaller areas.  When it signals competitiveness it is usually done by women onto other women looking for a “cat fight.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Open Body Language Or OpennessOpen body language or openness:  Any and all body language that shows that a person is ready to communicate and accept ideas from others.  It happens when no part of the body covers the midway-point of the bisected body.  The arms and legs are not crossed and the palms are up. Even clothing might be relaxed such as shirt collars being unbuttoned, the pants might hang loose and certain articles like jackets might be removed.  Other signals of openness includes increased proximity, prolonged eye contact, warm and relaxed smile, intimate greetings such as hugs and cheek kissing.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Opposite Body LanguageOpposite body language: A pick-up technique where men play hard-to-get by displaying teasing nonverbal cues or even outright disinterest.  The object of opposite body language is to appear “chase worthy” in the eyes of women by appearing to be superior to them and avoid appearing “needy.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Oral Displacement Activities 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Oral Displacement Activities 1Oral displacement activities: An unconscious gesture aimed at self soothing by using parts of the body such as fingers or hair, or inanimate objects like pens by mouthing them.  Scientists have speculated that it is a developmental throwback when we would suckle as infants.  Oral displacement can include biting finger nails, sucking pencils, mouthing the stems of the glasses or passing hair through the mouth.  Smokers can also be said to have oral displacement fixation where they habitually place objects in their mouth to sooth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Orbicularis Oculi Muscles 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Orbicularis Oculi Muscles 1Orbicularis oculi muscles:  One of two muscles that produce smiling.  These muscles serve to pull the eyes back to produce the honest smile through what is called “smiling eyes”.  Smiling eyes, also called “crow’s feet”, where a classic wrinkling appears in the corner of the eyes is an indication of true happiness.

Oscar Pfungst: Psychologist who uncovered that the skills under which Hans the horse was able to perform simple math had nothing to do with his intelligence, but rather his ability to read body language.  He noticed that there were differences in breathing, posture and facial expressions as Hans tapped out his answer.  As Hans neared to correct answer, the handlers would increase the tension they held in their body language which would tip off Hans.  Once the final tap had been made, the tension suddenly disappeared from the person and so Hans took this cue to mean it was time to stop tapping.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Orienting Reflex Or Orienting ResponseOrienting reflex or orienting response (a): The phenomenon whereby people turn and move toward stimuli or people they are attracted to, or agree with, rather than away from them such as those we fear or disagree with. (b) The instinctive survival instinct whereby a person orients toward movement.  As it applies to nonverbal communication, the orientation reflex controls distractions in business, to maintaining the attention of children with toys, and even to the freeze response where people stop moving in order to put themselves under the radar.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ownership GesturesOwnership gestures: Body language that indicates that a person is in control of something.  Ownership gestures are usually performed on objects, but can also be done to people.  Propping the feet up on a desk or car bumper or wrapping an arm around a lover or child, are ways to show who they belong to.

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Oxytocin: A natural chemical released by the body due to touching that helps create bonding between people especially in women.  In men, sex is the primary releaser of oxytocin which surges up to fives times that of normal just before reaching orgasm.  Oxytocin serves to eliminate internal tensions, reduce anxiety, creates feelings of contentment, calmness and trust, and provides reassurance.  The hormone is partially responsible for pacifying behaviours that include self touching.

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