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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Face GazeFace gaze: A type of gaze pattern where a person directs eyes to another person’s face (over say their eyes or body).  It can be done in several ways and produce varied feelings depending on the pattern by which it occurs.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Face Platter 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Face Platter 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Face Platter 3Face platter (the): A positive gesture used in courtship done by resting the chin on the backside of the hands and propping it up, essentially “serving the face on a platter.”

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Facial action coding system or FACT: The Facial Action Coding System is a system that deals with forty-six facial movements classified into more than 10,000 microexpressions.  The manual details how the face behaves based on the muscles that control it.  The guide is a combination of still images, digital video and written descriptions and is of interest not only to lie detectors, but also to animators, computer scientists who create facial recognition software and other personnel who need to know how the face moves and why.

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Facial protective response: An involuntary reflex action which produces a tight closing of the eyes or wincing coupled with a lowering of the head or a sharp turn sideways.

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Face wince: Lowered eyebrows due to a sharp pain.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Facial ExpressionsFacial expressions:  A very important form of nonverbal communication that involve the face in displaying various emotional states.  Facial expressions can be voluntary, and at times, involuntary, and others still can flash instantly and disappear just as fast which are called microexpressions.  Facial expressions are diverse, and sometimes universal, such as the six expressions – fear, anger, disgust, sadness, surprise and happiness.  Research has shown that women are much more perceptive of the minute changes in the faces than men and so tend to be more adept at reading facial expressions.

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Facial irregularities: Include blemishes such as moles or warts.  If conspicuous such as a mole at the tip of the nose it can signify that a person is confident in themselves, have been raise in a culture that sees physical appearance as being a low priority, a desire to resist conforming to society, or is rebellious.

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Fake sexual indicator of interest (fsIOI): Positive sexual body language of interest that are not genuine usually delivered by women (but sometimes by men) who wish to gain favours, such as free drinks, money and so forth from the opposite sex.  This is usual for women who work in tip-based industries like severs in bars, restaurants and especially strip clubs who’s sole purpose is to act as if they wish to sleep with their patrons.  Fake indicators of interest can also come from men and women in everyday life who wish to gain access to various forms of resources.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - False Smile Or Ohoney SmileFalse smile or phoney smile: Where the eyes play no part, that is there are no wrinkles in the corners of the eyes as in the Duchenne smile and the mouth is stretched across the face, teeth often bared, with a tense jaw.  This smile is not genuine.

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Fashion:  Clothing is a language in and of itself which provides all sorts of cues about its wearer.  It can indicate sex, age, occupation, origin, social class, personality and beliefs.  Clothing can also tell others where we are headed as well as what we are about to do.  In body language fashion is important to those we wish to impress and also to those whom we pass along the way to meet them.

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Fastidiousness body language: A personality trait that shows through with nonverbal cues includes perfectly pressed shirts, polished shoes, well trimmed beard or eyebrows, precisely positioned pocket scarf and so forth.  These traits reveal a character by matter of degree.  Within limits fastidiousness reveals egotistical, structured, inflexible, unimaginative, vain, and concerned about the impressions of others.  In an extreme form it reveals obsessive compulsive disorder.  When people lack fastidiousness it can be due to a lack of money (with a frugal nature), but only in so much as what is worn is well maintained and cleaned despite is heavy use.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fear Or Fearful Body LanguageFear or fearful body language: An activation of the flight or fight response through the autonomic system due to extremely negative stimuli.  Nonverbal symptoms of fear include wide eyes, screaming, hands covering the face, a frozen posture, flushing, gulping, looking around nervously, clutching the hands together or gripping an object, blocking the body with the hands, shifting backwards, turning away, grabbing other people, shaking, heavy breathing, holding the breath, walking quickly, stiffness, licking the lips and taking tentative steps.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fear Facial ExpressionFear facial expression: Fear is characterized by a quick upward movement of the eyebrows formulating wrinkles in the middle of the forehead, raised eyelids and open mouth.  Fear and surprise are easily confused, but fear uses the muscles between the brows called the “grief muscles” as they are activated to express pain as well as when you wish to inflict it.

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Fear response: A primal visceral set of nonverbal cues that stem from fear.  These cues are usually very honest and are seldom faked which makes them extremely reliable and useful.  Fear responses are usually displayed subtly through gesture reduction but can also be extreme where the full body ceases movement and breath is seemingly held.

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Fear smile or fearful smile: A smile where the lips are stretched to form a rectangular shape.  These muscles sometimes pull the corners of the mouth upwards slightly to produce a grimace.  Accompanying the lips stretch is a contraction of the eyebrows together coupled with an upward lift and widened eyes.

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Feedback signals: Nonverbal body language occurring as a two way from person to person as an indication of the level of rapport and agreement being experience.  The signals are wide and varied including head nodding, arms crossing, torso orientation, eye contact and so forth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Feigned DisinterestFeigned disinterest:  A manipulative body language technique that uses negative body language to attract attention.  Turned the back to an attractive female or walking away during a discussion to induce chasing are two examples of feigned disinterest.  It is a way to conceal true emotions, yet achieves similar or even better results that what might result from genuine cues.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Felt smileFelt smile: A real genuine smile where they muscles surrounding the eyes tighten.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fetal Position 1Fetal position: An extreme form of closed posture where the knees are pulled into the body and hugged.  The abbreviated form of this position is to pull the limbs in closer to the body and across the centerline as in the “self hug.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fidgeting Or FidgetFidgeting or fidget: Fidgeting is an indication of boredom as the body is given signals to take action and leave the conversation – like the body revving its engine in preparation.  Fidgeting is therefore a substitute to walking or running where neither is socially acceptable or the situation warrants otherwise. Fidgeting includes repetitive behaviours such as tapping the toes, swinging the feet with one crossed over the other, or drumming the fingers.

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Fight or flight response (the): Better termed the freeze, flight or fight response since it truly reflects the order by which the actions take place.  It is telling in body language because bodies that are threatened often show varying degrees of a freeze response, which can be subtle, such as a reduction in gesturing to the more extreme (yet still subtle) such as locking the ankles around a chair.  From there, bodies will tend to indicate a desire to flee by orienting toward doorways with toes and torsos.  This is followed by fight, but only under extreme circumstances, where bodies tense up, fists clench and chins protrude.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fig Leaf Posture 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fig Leaf Posture 3BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fig Leaf Posture 5BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fig Leaf Posture 6Fig leaf position:  The fig leaf posture by either sex is a closed body position.  It blocks the private mid section from view.  This posture occurs by placing one or both hands in front of the crotch blocking it from view.  The hands are usually clasped together.  It shows insecurity and occurs when someone is in a novel environment or around people they don’t know and aren’t familiar with.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Figure Four Leg Clamp (the) Or Figure Four Leg Lock Or Leg Clamp 4Figure four seating position (the) or the ankle-knee cross: This seating position occurs as the ankle is pulled over the knee of the opposite leg forming the figure four position.  The figure four is an open, dominant posture, and a seated crotch display.  It is rarely performed by women especially those wearing skirts, but favoured by macho men wishing to impose themselves.  When performed by women, it is as an attempt to be one of the boys.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Figure Four Leg Clamp (the) Or Figure Four Leg Lock Or Leg Clamp 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Figure Four Leg Clamp (the) Or Figure Four Leg Lock Or Leg Clamp 3BodyLanguageProjectCom - Figure Four Leg Clamp (the) Or Figure Four Leg Lock Or Leg Clamp 2Figure four leg clamp (the) or figure four leg lock or leg clamp: Done as above where the ankle is pulled over the knee of the opposite leg forming the figure four position except in this case the arm grabs the ankle to lock it in place.  It indicates a stubborn individual who’s aim is to resisting opinions.

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Filler sounds:  Verbal cues that are used to replace actual words when no words come readily.  Filler sounds include “mmms” and “ahhs” and “like.”  Use of these sounds make a speaker seem less confident and knowledgeable.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Finger moving up the chin 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Finger moving up the chin 3Finger moving up the chin: The index finger is moved up the outside of the cheek from the jaw line toward the temples.  This is an evaluative gesture, but one that leans toward a negative outcome (critical judgement).

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Finger Pointing Or Finger PointerFinger pointing or finger pointer: Pointing fingers is a universal gesture that is negative in nature because it is as if the person is throwing spears.  Finger pointing usually appears during aggressive verbal arguments.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Finger Spreader 2Finger spreader: The hands are held out and finger splayed apart facing palm to the audience.  This is an attempt to make contact with the entire audience.

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First impressions: One of the most important and longest lasting characterization of a person is the result of the first few seconds after meeting.  The first impression is formulated quickly and is long lasting requiring a heavy amount of effort to change once established.  People are said to create first impressions in under 5 seconds making them very important.  First impressions are created by nonverbal characteristics such as style of dress, hygiene, how the body is carried including posture, voice qualities if a person is speaking, and so forth.

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Fist bump: A greeting gesture where two closed fists bump up against each other knuckles first.  It is a signal of cohesion showing solidarity and affection without a great deal of intimacy.  It is usually reserved as a gesture between macho men and is not a submissive gesture.  The fist bump is also a growing way to reduce the spread of germs since the knuckles are usually much drier making them less prone to bacterial growth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fish And LureFish and lure: Sexual signals put out by available women in a broadstroke fashion, absent of eye contact and direction, sent off into the room at large in efforts to attract solicitors.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fist ClenchingFist clenching: Holding the fists clenched shows aggression, defensiveness and sometimes a readiness to attack.  First clenching sometimes happens when no physical attack is immanent and is a restraint posture.

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Five cardinal rules of body language:  To learn the true story about a person using body language one must use the five cardinal rules which are the ‘rule of four’, congruency, context, baselining, and intuition.

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Flamboyance or flamboyant style: A nonverbal term used to describe clothing with bright colours, shocking and unique attire, eye grabbing jewelry, and other articles that produce interest.  They can include funky hats, big belt buckles and gaudy earrings amongst others.  People who wear this type of dress are seeking attention.  Extremely flamboyant people are sometimes insecure, lonely, needy and bored or dissatisfied with their life but at other times they are confident and self-assured.  The nonverbal message created by flamboyance includes creativity, artesian, well-to-do, lack of practicality, noncomformist, don’t care what others think provided they have an audience, independent and flaky.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Flashbulb EyesFlashbulb eyes:  Happens by dramatically opening the eyes as big and wide as possible.  The eyebrows usually arch in unison as well to make the eyes appear even larger.  The cue is usually done to indicate surprise and positive emotions such as being excited to see someone, or have been given a promotion.

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Flash frozen: When movement in the body of a person suddenly stops.  Happens due to the presentation of a stimuli that creates high immediate anxiety.

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Fleeting expressions: Facial expressions that are very brief in duration.  They are habitually reliable and honest cues that are genuinely felt.  Usually they occur in only one-fifth of a second.  They are sometimes referred to as microexpressions.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - FlirtationFlirtation: A form of human interaction between two people expressing a sexual or romantic interest.  Flirting body language is numerous and varied and includes hair tosses, preening, smiling and touching.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - FlirtingFlirting: A body language transaction between people that indicates sexual interest.  Flirting includes romantic eye contact, increased proximity, touching, laughing or telling jokes, smiling, grooming and conversations with sexual overtones.  Women flirt through various nonverbal displays such as hair tossing, lip licking and displays of the neck and men use displays of dominance such as crotch displays and appearing larger through body spreading.  Flirting nonverbal communication is not always a prelude to sexual intimacy, it is sometimes used just to test interest, or for pure amusement.

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Floor apportionment: The turn taking that happens between people when speaking which is controlled by various nonverbal signals such as nods, grunts, shifting of gaze, lip parting (as if to speak), tone of voice, and so forth.  Floor apportionment refers to a speaker “having the floor.”

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Flow: Body language is like verbal and written language; it has structure.  Body language flows, it has its own rhythm, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Part of the way things come together is connected to congruence, meaning that the overall body of language comes together seamlessly to produce coherent messages.

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fMRI: is the abbreviation for functional magnetic resonance imaging which enables researchers to create maps of the brain’s networks as it processes thoughts, sensations, memories, and motor commands.  The fMRI measures blood flow and hence measures which areas of the brain are using up oxygen faster and are working harder.  Proponents of fMRI machines in lie detection claim that if you can get hits in all three zones of the brain at the same time you can catch liars.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Foot Forward Leg StanceFoot forward leg stance: A standing position where one foot is placed in front of the other and the weight is shifted to one hip.  The pointed foot indicates where the mind wishes to go.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Foot Kicking Or Jiggling Or Leg Kick ResponseFoot kicking or jiggling or leg kick response: Foot kicking while seated shows that a person has heard something negative.  It is a response to discomfort and is a direct consequence of the fight or flight response.

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Forced laughter:  Laughter that is meant to disguise hidden anxiety or disagreement, be polite, or in efforts to connect with new people.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Forehead BowForehead bow: The forehead bow is a posture done by artificially lowering the head, then looking up from under the eyebrows.  It is a submissive posture and can be done by anyone but is especially prevalent during courtship.  When done by women toward a man it is a “come hither” look and when done by children shows shyness and submission.  It has roots in the bow (greeting gesture).

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Four minute rule: The four minute rule says that life-long impressions about people are formulated in the mind’s of others within the first four minutes of meeting someone.  Once a judgment has been past, people will vigorously resist changing it making that time block the most important.

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Follower (the): A type of client who wishes the salesperson to take charge.  They are unsure of what they are looking for, usually ask inappropriate questions, show submissive body language, show timidity and nervousness and take up less space than normal.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Forehead RubbingForehead rubbing: Rubbing the forehead is an indication of an internal struggle or discomfort.

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Friendly clients: A type of client that wishes to build rapport, they use plenty of eye contact, touch, and like to chat. They wish to be sold on the entire package including the sale pitch and the salesman.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Friendship Touching Or Friendly TouchingFriendship touching or friendly touching: Touching aimed at creating or maintaining bonds such as back rubbing, hugging, placing the arm around the back, shaking hands, etc.

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Fred Inbau: The most influential manual regarding suspect interviewing was written by Fred Inbau, Reid and Buckley in 2001 “Criminal interrogation and confession” and is the handbook used by police officers in training.

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Freeze, fight or flight: The fight or flight response is a misnomer especially as it applies to body language since it is not actually how humans or other animals respond to stress and danger.  Most animals, humans included, will naturally sequence freeze, flight and flight in that order.  Freezing is important to assess the situation, for how does one know what they are running from, and in what direction, if they don’t first identify the object of their fear and this is reflected in many forms through nonverbal cues.

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Freezing or stiffened movement: A flight or flight response where through visceral processes the body ceases up and significantly reducers or eliminates normal fluid movement.  This is due to fear, anxiety, or lying and accompanies negative stimuli.  The degree of freezing is proportional to the degree of stress caused.  The freeze response is designed to reduce the attention that movement otherwise attracts.  This is called “hiding in plain sight.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Frowning Or FrownFrowning or frown: A downward pull of the corners of the mouth and eyelids showing displeasure or disapproval.

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Frozen hands: Hands that seem to suddenly stop moving can sometimes indicate that lying is taking place but is more reliably and indicator of discomfort.  Frozen hands is part of the freeze response due to fear.

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Frustration or frustrated body language: Nonverbal cues which are exhibited by people who feel a lack of power to rectify an issue.  They can either be “confrontational” such as frequent direct eye contact, repeating phrases several times, violations of personal space, heavy gesticulation, pointing and shrugging or they can be “surrendering” such as sighs, rapid exhalation, grimacing, hands on the hips, hands on the head, melodramatic movements, rolling the eyes, shaking the head, throwing the hands in the air, shrugging, turning and walking away.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Fk Me EyesF%$k me eyes: A sexual eye pattern usually best accomplished by women who indicate to men that they wish to have sex with them.  When most obvious the eye patterns make women appear predatory.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - FugitiveFugitive (the): A state of mind wherein the body indicates a desire to flee.  The body takes up closed body positions and leans back and away from whomever they are with.  This indicates boredom or a desire to leave, hence the term fugitive.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Full Body Hug Or EmbraceFull body hug or embrace: One of two types of hugs.  This one is reserved for sexual partners and occurs with full chest to chest and hip to hip contact.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Full Body Steeple, Catapult (the), Or Hooding Effect (the) 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Full Body Steeple, Catapult (the), Or Hooding Effect (the) 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Full Body Steeple, Catapult (the), Or Hooding Effect (the) 3Full body steeple, catapult (the), or the hooding effect: Occurs by placing both hands up and behind the head while seated.  It is an extremely dominant and possibly arrogant display.  The full body steeple is common to professionals such as lawyers, accountants, managers, bosses, and others that feel superior then their counterparts.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Full LipsFull lips: When the lips are relaxed and plump opposite to lip pursing.  This nonverbal cue indicates true contentment.

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Full salaam: A greeting gesture performed by touching the chest just above the heart, bringing the hand up and touching the forehead with the fingers and then sweeping the hand up and out.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Furrowed ForeheadBodyLanguageProjectCom - Furrowed Forehead 2Furrowed forehead: Frowning done by creasing the forehead and brow indicates anxiousness, sadness, concentration, concern, bewilderment or anger.

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