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Non Verbal Body Language Dictionary ::G::

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Gait or bipedal gait: Refers to the style or mechanics of locomotion in humans and animals.  Scientists have identified thirty six different types of gait in the human species.  They include the hobble, the mince, the glide, the bounce, the stride, the wiggle, the dart, the prance and the run.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gazing Adoringly 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gazing Adoringly 2Gazing adoringly: An eye pattern that stems from infatuation and deep love and affection that lacks any negative emotion whatsoever.  The eyes and eyelids relax and move freely from each eye to the mouth and lips, with brief glances to the rest of the face including hair and ears.  Gazing adoringly happens during courtship between couples and between mothers and their newborn infants as they bond to each other.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gaze Avoidance Or Averting EyesGaze avoidance or averting eyes: When a person purposely prevents or avoids eye contact, either to show disinterest, to scorn, or to show a difference of opinion or even submission.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - GazingGazing: A gaze is an inviting display of warmth where positive emotions are attached to the face making it appear softer.  Opposite to the gaze is the stare which acts like daggers shooting invisible arrows into the face of another.  Eye gaze reveals cues to interest, attention, affiliation, intimacy, approval, dominance, aggression and openness to personal involvement.

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Gaze omission: Defined as a failure to look at someone without intending to (rather than avoidance).

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Gravity defying body language: Body language that is a measures a person’s exuberance and demonstrates that they feel happy.  It includes raising the arms, having a bounce in the step, swinging hands while walking, having an upright posture and so forth.  When sports players score a goal, they celebrate by expending energy that seems to be in no short supply by flinging their arms in the air.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 3BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Genital Framing 4Genital framing: A posture where the hands and fingers draw attention to the genitals.  Men can genital frame by placing their thumbs in belt loops and aiming the fingers toward their penis and women can place their hands on their hips aiming the fingers in the same direction.

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Genuine emotions: These are facial expressions that usually only last a fleeting moment, only to quickly disappear.  Facial expressions that last too long and are poorly timed with events are usually insincere.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gesticulation 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gesticulation 2Gesticulation: The use of the hands to add colour and meaning to language.  Gesticulation includes movements of the hands such as hitting motions, cutting, begging and so forth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Gestures Or GestureGestures or gesture: A form of nonverbal communication or body language that produces specific messages and meaning.  They include movements of the hands, face, and body, but do not include other facets of body language such as proxemics, facial expressions and postures, which are ways in which the body holds itself to display meaning.  Gestures include emblems, that are used to replace specific words in speech, and illustrators which are used to colour language, in addition to sign language which is an entire set of body movements used to replace verbal speech altogether.

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Glide (the): An elegant gait type characterized by short but deliberate movements of the feet.

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Greeting gestures: These includes motions designed to greet others and are different across cultures.  They include handshaking, bowing, waving, full salaam, namaste, cheek kissing, hugging, hand kissing and so forth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Greetings 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Greetings 2Greetings: These include gestures aimed at welcoming someone after a separation or done upon meeting someone for the first time.  They include waves, handshakes, hugs, salutes, bows, curtseys, and so forth and are culturally specific.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grief MuscleGrief muscle: The French call the area between the brows, the “grief muscle” and is activated to pull the eyebrows together to express both pain, as well as when you wish to inflict it.  This muscle is sometimes flashed across the face as a microexpression.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grief Or SorrowGrief or sorrow: A general lose of positive energy which tends to override other emotions.  Signs of grief include tears, listlessness, inability to complete common tasks, isolation, apathy, downcast eyes, relaxed facial muscles, slumped body, motionless or slow movement.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grin Or SmirkGrin or smirk:  This smile indicates smugness and arrogance.  It is a tight lipped smile with the addition of a degree self satisfaction for good measure.  The smirk has accompanying dominant body language such as head back, shoulders back, open postures along with dialogue riddle with exuberant pride.

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Grinder, John, T.: Graduate of the University of San Francisco in the early 1960’s and bests known for his work in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) with Richard Bandler.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Grooming And Preening 4Grooming and preening:  These have two unrelated message in body language.  One meaning says that a person is keeping their bodies clean and presentable to show the world that they are in good mental health since it is one of the first characteristics that becomes lax when disease sets in.  Preening can also be used to show detachment from conversations through eye contact avoidance and attention displacement which is the case when eyes avoid contact with another in order to remove imaginary lint.

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Group dynamics: The study of how people interact in clusters drawing on fields such as psychology, sociology and communication studies including nonverbal body language.  When nonverbalist examine people in groups, a complex array of body language occurs of which is not present in dyadic situations.  When looking at groups it is possible to determine hierarchy, social status, friendliness or lack thereof, attraction and repulsion, amongst many others.

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Guiding body language: Using a hand to lightly push on another person’s back to move them in a desirable position, pulling someone in when shaking hands, using a finger to beckon someone closer, or using alluring eye contact are all ways to influence people to move in ways desirable.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guillaume DuchenneGuillaume Duchenne: French researcher Guillaume Duchenne was first to research smiles using electrodiagnostics and electrical stimulation to distinguish between real and fake smiles.  The honest smile has also been named after him; the “Duchenne smile.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 1BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 2BodyLanguageProjectCom - Guilty knowledge 3Guilty knowledge: Nonverbal body language that shows discomfort such as hand wringing, foot and hand withdrawal, pacifying behaviours, leaning away, stiff postures and movements, unsmiling lips, furtive looking about, restlessness and tension due to the stress associated with lying.

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Gustatory processing: A secondary way of processing information like visual and auditory except the primary means involves the sense of taste.  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 gustatory sense: This just rolls off the tongue.  This deal is sweet like candy.  Don’t be so bitter.  What a juicy story.

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Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

The Body Language Project is the result of a decade of personal research including a thorough review of over 60 primary scientific research journal articles. Learning body language forms the perfect foundation for success in ALL your communication.

If you are only picking up on what is being said, you are missing more than half of the message.

For more information on BodyLanguage be sure to check out: BodyLanguageProject.com and the Ebook – The Body Language Guide to Dating, Attraction and Sexual Body Language.

Non Verbal Body Language Dictionary ::D::

Did we forget a nonverbal term?  Suggest it in the comment box or e-mail it direct, and we’ll be ecstatic to add it!  With well over 500 terms, the BLP dictionary is growing to be the largest free nonverbal dictionary in the world!  Brought to you exclusively by The Body Language Project!  Visit our homepage for more free learning.

Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

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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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Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

The Body Language Project is the result of a decade of personal research including a thorough review of over 60 primary scientific research journal articles. Learning body language forms the perfect foundation for success in ALL your communication.

If you are only picking up on what is being said, you are missing more than half of the message.

For more information on BodyLanguage be sure to check out: BodyLanguageProject.com and the Ebook – The Body Language Guide to Dating, Attraction and Sexual Body Language.

Non Verbal Body Language Dictionary ::W::

Did we forget a nonverbal term?  Suggest it in the comment box or e-mail it direct, and we’ll be ecstatic to add it!  With well over 500 terms, the BLP dictionary is growing to be the largest free nonverbal dictionary in the world!  Brought to you exclusively by The Body Language Project!  Visit our homepage for more free learning.

Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

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Warding Harding error or The Harding effect: A term originating out of the twenty-ninth president Warren Harding who was voted into office based primarily on his outer appearance – he just looked presidential.  He had a booming voice, piercing eyes and charisma which was enough for the voters in the early 1920’s.  Author Malcolm Gladwell coined the term in his book Blink that says that we judge by appearance, and we judge quickly, but that this decision is not always correct.  Harding turned out to be corrupt and suffering from marital affairs demonstrating how dubbed voters had been.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - War of the eyesWar of the eyes:  A term originated from war where soliders cast eyes meant to intimidate, where darting eyes meet blank stares, and other eyes still looking for friendship that are met with eyes of fear.  The eyes can convey many meanings.

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Wave: The hand is raised and moved back and forth.  It is a long distance greeting gesture.

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Whining voice or whine: A voice trait aimed specifically at manipulating other people without using forceful words or asking for something outright.  It is sometimes sign-song like, high pitched and nagging.  Those who use whining voices are usually followers by nature and often prefer complain rather than take action to rectify issues hoping others will take care of them.  When suggestions are rejected, they often withdraw and pout.  Whiners often surround themselves with people who are sympathetic to their complaints and help them.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - WhisperingWhispering:  Talking at such a low level that it requires someone else to move into the speaker’s personal space zone creating intimacy.  It is an effective tactic in dating and attraction.

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Whistling: Blowing air over the lips and teeth to produce a high pitched sound – often producing a ‘tune’ with varying music notes.  Whistling indicates contentment, usually, however it can also signify the desire to be pacified making it context specific.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Wide ArmsWide arms: A long distance embrace-indicator.  The arms are spread wide apart and eye contact is established with the target or targets.  Entertainers can be seen performing this gesture toward their audience after completing a routine.

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Wiggle (the): An erotic gait type performed by women wishing to display femininity.  It is a shifting of the weight from one hip to the other.

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Wink: A gesture that usually signals sexual connotations whereby one eye closes for a split second while the other remains open.  Normally, men or overt women will perform this gesture to the opposite sex as a sexual invitation.  When done in good humour signifies a cheeky attitude.

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Witch’s brows: Naturally low set eyebrows making a women appear sinister.

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Whistling: A nonverbal message indicating contentment or conversely meant to pacify and calm.

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Wincing eyes: Wincing happens as the eyelids are quickly tightened.  An eyeblocking form of body language designed to prohibit distasteful images from being received at full view.  Wincing falls into the category of microexpressions since it happens quickly and lasts only fractions of a second, yet is full of meaning.  A person might wince when reading objectionable portions of a contract.  Wincing can also be due to the sudden approach of projectiles or the sun’s glare.

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Worry body language or worry: Body language that signals that a person is concerned about something and thinks there is a good chance there will be a negative outcome.  This emotion is usually accompanied by anxiousness, nervousness and fear.  Body language spelling worry include repetitive actions such as pacing, nail biting, wringing the hands, shaking, fidgeting, lack of focus and various pacifying behaviours such as rubbing the face or playing with hair.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Worry Facial ExpressionWorry facial expression: A facial expression where the eyebrows come together in the middle.

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Wrench forward handshake: Done by pulling someone in closer and indicates a desire to control someone by pulling them into their personal space.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Wrist Displays 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Wrist Displays 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Wrist Displays 3Wrist displays: Exposures of the wrist and neck are linked to visceral responses linked to submissiveness and are displayed during courtship by women.

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Wrist hold handshake: An intimate handshake more common for politicians than ordinary people where the wrist of the other person is grasped with the left hand.

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Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

The Body Language Project is the result of a decade of personal research including a thorough review of over 60 primary scientific research journal articles. Learning body language forms the perfect foundation for success in ALL your communication.

If you are only picking up on what is being said, you are missing more than half of the message.

For more information on BodyLanguage be sure to check out: BodyLanguageProject.com and the Ebook – The Body Language Guide to Dating, Attraction and Sexual Body Language.

Non Verbal Body Language Dictionary ::U::

Did we forget a nonverbal term?  Suggest it in the comment box or e-mail it direct, and we’ll be ecstatic to add it!  With well over 500 terms, the BLP dictionary is growing to be the largest free nonverbal dictionary in the world!  Brought to you exclusively by The Body Language Project!  Visit our homepage for more free learning.

Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unblinking EyeUnblinking eye: Research shows us that a steady stare of more than ten seconds creates anxiety and discomfort especially in subordinates making it a dominant signal.  When done by two equally dominant individuals it can lead to feelings of aggression and in extreme cases, even physical altercations.

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Uncommitted (liars):  The subconscious mind limbic mind of liars doesn’t allow them to motion or carry on with enthusiasm.  Liars will us duller motions and use less commitment to them.  This is part of the fight or flight response.

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Undershaker handshake:  A handshake that happens so quickly, that it’s actually offensive.  Indicates indifference and suspicion.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Undivided AttentionUndivided attention (nonverbal): When the entire body is directed at a speaker including toes, legs, torso, hands, arms, head and eyes.  It is a rare cue that happens when the body shows no signs of a desire to exit and is totally immersed.  It is most frequently found in lovers, but can also happen when being particularly moved through an extraordinary experience.  Other times, attention is usually being competed for and is visible through various inattention cues such as scanning the room, pointing the feet toward an exit and so forth.

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Unemotional or flat voice: A voice that lacks emotional characteristics.  This voice trait can indicate boredom, anger, resentment, frustration, depression or a physical ailment.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Uneven Smile 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Uneven Smile 2Uneven smile:  This is associated with tongue-in-cheek humour or sarcasm and happens when only one side of the face sports a smile and the other side does not.  The opposite side may even be down turned or frowning indicated the presence of opposite or conflicting emotions.  The uneven smile would accompany cheeky humour amongst friends.

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Unintentional gestures: Body movements that happen out of conscious awareness.  These gestures are usually more honest than other gestures since they happen naturally and are not the result of planned impression management.

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Universal facial expressions: There are six main facial expressions that are found throughout the world.  They are happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger and disgust.

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Universal gestures: These are nonverbal postures and positions that have meaning across cultures and include smiles, frowns, grimace, grief as well as shoulder shrugs, hiding the face for embarrassment, pointing and beckoning.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Universal TellsUniversal tells: Gestures and postures that are the same across culture that are the most reliable in reading other people.  An example of a ‘universal tell’ is compressed lips which indicating that a person is holding a negative thought.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unmatched Face 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unmatched Face 2Unmatched face: A facial expression that is uneven across each side of the face.  In other words, it is stronger on one side than the other, but otherwise shows the same expression.  Unmatched or asymmetrical expressions give clues to deceptive expressions.

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Unvoiced laughs: Includes laughs such as snorts, grunt and pants rather then song like laughs such as the characteristics “ha, ha, ha”.  These types of laughs seen as less attractive.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unwavering Gaze 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unwavering Gaze 2Unwavering gaze: In most animal species unwavering gaze is used to display dominance and aggression when it happens between members of the same species.  When it happens across species it indicates that a prey has been centered out and the stalk has begun.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Up Nonverbals Or UpwardnessUp nonverbals or upwardness: A term that encompasses body language such as toes aimed upward while standing (heel down, weight on opposite foot), thumbs up, chin up, raised arms, etc.  These “up” nonverbals are gravity defying body language because they are difficult to do and require effort and commitment.  This makes these cues honest and ones that a nonverbalist can rely on.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Upper Arm Grip 2Upper arm grip: A posture where the arm is wrap in behind the back to reach to wrist are upper arm.  This indicates an attempt at self-control as a result of negative thoughts.

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Upper arm grip handshake (the): An intimate political-type handshake where the hands meet and the opposite hand reaches up to grasp the upper left arm just above the elbow.  In the wrong context, this handshake will seem insincere and off-putting so should only be used with extreme caution.

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Upper lip bite: When the lower teeth bite at the upper lip.  This is a signal of true anxiety or when done routinely a pacifying gestures aimed at calming a person.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Upper SmileUpper smile:  In this smile the upper lid is raised to expose only the top row of teeth, but the true significance is that the lower teeth remain hidden.  The jaw and teeth remain closed and the message conveyed is of medium pleasure and from those who are insecure.  Used car salesman, who beam light from their teeth in this way, will seem to have a hidden agenda.

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Tanned skin or tan: When the skin is darkened due to exposure to UV rays either through tanning beds or outside exposure.  Tanned skin reveals a person’s hobbies or work environment.  When it is due to tanning can indicate vanity especially when overdone.  Tanned skin can also reveal a recent sunny vacation, or that a person works outdoors habitually and will usually have callused hands.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tap (the) 1Tap (the): A nonverbal cue given off by available women whereby the index finger taps the forearm.  It is usually done when the arms are crossed.  The tap is like an abbreviated finger motion as in, “come here.”

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - TappingTapping: Tapping of the feet, fingers, or with objects, it indicates boredom and a desire to exit a situation.  Other times it indicates anxiety where tapping is a form of energy release.

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Tapping a pencil on the teeth: Indicates that thought is taking place.

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Target: That person to which body language is aimed at, or, of which is being read.

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Taste or tastefulness: Nonverbal signals that are culturally specific and also somewhat subjective indicating that a person prefers clothing and material objects that are in style or fashionable.  Having good taste reveals good judgment about social norms, a sensitivity about the opinions of others, sophistication and prosperity. The opposite signals are conveyed with poor taste.

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Teacup handshake:  The palm is cupped such that it makes no contact with the other palm. It indicates shyness or insecurity.

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Teeth grinding or teeth clenching: Occurs when the jaw is tightly clenched and the teeth rub back and forth or simply by clenching the jaw tightly.  It indicates inward-directed anxiety, frustration or anger.  Other times clenching is due to intense physical strain or in anticipation of pain.

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Teeth licking or running tongue over teeth or tongue to teeth: When the tongue is run back and forth over the teeth or lips.  This is a signal of stress as saliva production increases so does the need to move it around and swallow it.  The tongue on teeth also provides a soothing tactile stimuli aimed at reducing anxiety.

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Tells or Tell (a): A term borrowed from poker, a ‘tell’ is a nonverbal cue that gives a person away and uncovers their hidden thoughts and emotions.  It is an informal word used to replace “cue”, or “nonverbal body language.”

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Territory: The area around a person which they feel is their own and guard as such.  It includes our houses or apartments, our yards, automobiles, offices as well as the space that surrounds our immediate bodies.

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Territorial displays: Includes nonverbal cues that make the body appear larger.  Splaying the arms, legs and feet and puffing out the chest are a few examples of territorial displays.

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Territoriality:  A key part of humanity that describes how people use space to communicate ownership.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Testing ClosenessTesting closeness: A technique that is used to verify a desire for greater intimacy.  Rather then using the entire body which can cause a negative reaction, testing says that legs, arms, or objects should be used to make brief forays into someone else’s personal space to read their reaction.

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Thigh-thigh cross or thigh thigh leg cross: A more extreme version of the knee knee cross where the leg is drawn up further onto the leg.  It is extreme in so much as the legs are more tightly crossed.  It is rarely performed by men due to their anatomy but found in women due to their wider hips.

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Thin slice assessment: The ability of humans to make decisions in astonishingly small amounts of time with only small amounts of information often involving nonverbal information – whether accurate or not.  This phenomenon is why it takes so little time to assess people coding them into characters and leaving them there relatively immutable unless rigorously challenged.  This is what makes using good nonverbals important in everyday life.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Threat Displays 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Threat Displays 2Threat displays: Nonverbal signals designed to intimidate and predict aggression.  These include chest protrusion in men, making the body appear larger and more outstretched, fist pounding, fist clenching, raising the voice, erratic movements, and so forth.  These gestures form the prelude to physical violence.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb Displays Or Thumbing 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb Displays Or Thumbing 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb Displays Or Thumbing 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb Displays Or Thumbing 4 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb Displays Or Thumbing 5Thumb displays or thumbing: We see this thumb displays normally by royalty and also by lawyers who are trying to seem noble and important.  The gesture happens by placing all but the thumbs in the front pockets of a vest, or suite jacket, or by knuckling the vest and leaving the thumbs out.  Thumbs-out is a representation of ego, dominance, assertiveness and sometimes even aggressiveness.  Denotes superiority.

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Thumb hiding: Placing the thumb of the same hand inside the clasped fingers, placing only the thumbs in a pants pocket with the remainder out are two ways thumbs can be hidden.  This indicates low status and low confidence.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumb In Hand GestureThumb in hand gesture: Done by placing the thumb against the index finger and where the remaining fingers form a ball.  The hand then motions as if pointing, and in a rhythmic motion, emphasize points with conviction.  The thumb in hand gestures is the “politicians gesture” since it is frequently used by various Presidents and world leaders and is a less offensive way to accomplish what would otherwise be left to finger pointing.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Thumbs UpThumbs up: Where the thumb is raised upward with the remaining fingers clenched together.  It indicates that all is well in North America and Europe, a sexual insult in parts of Africa, Australia, Southern Europe and the Middle East, the number 1 in Germany, and the number 5 in Japan.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tibial Torsion Or Pigeon ToesTibial torsion or pigeon toes: Having the toes pointed inwards, often called pigeon toes or anatomically “tibial torsion” is a submissive body posture.  Children, and women who are smitten, will point their toes inwards to show their meekness signally their willingness to be lead by more dominant individuals.  Pigeon toes makes the body appear smaller forcing it into a less threatening profile.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - TicklingTickling: A play gesture done to make another person laugh and squirm.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tie AdjustmentTie adjustment: A stereotypical male grooming cue indicating sexual interest.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tight Lipped Smile With Low IntensityTight lipped smile with low intensity: In this smile the lips are stretched across the face toward the ears using the risorius muscle and no teeth are showing.  The low intensity smile has very little upward curl in the corner of the mouth and indicates a hidden attitude or thought, uncertainty, hesitation or lack of confidence.

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Tight lipped smile with high intensity:  A variation where the lips rise even further with some teeth showing and of which the lips are slightly separated, the corners of the mouth are upturned, gaze is steady and warm and the posture is relaxed.  We find this smile appearing when meeting new acquaintances and it is not a full honest smile, but does show openness to others.

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Timber: A characteristic of the voice that describes its quality or sound.  Timber is influenced by age and sex coupled with the physical dimensions of the oral and nasal cavity.  Children have higher voice qualities, as do women, especially compared to men, since their vocal tracts are about twenty centimeters shorter, and in relation, so too are their vocal cavities.  Timber is a separate quality from pitch as even signing highly such as sopranos and falsettistas sound different across sexes and age.  This is what makes timber an important nonverbal cue as it ties directly into hidden meanings perpetuated by the creator of the voice.  We expect masculine men to have a different timber than less masculine men and especially different than women and children.

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Toes pointed upward (while standing): Happens when a person shifts their weight to the back foot while raising the toe of the other foot.  It is a gravity defying form of body language indicating positive feelings.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tongue DisplaysTongue displays: Nonverbal cues that provide cues to a person’s inner thoughts.  Lip licking, tongue protrusion and the tongue out the corner of the mouth all have specific meanings.

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Tongue protrusion or tongue out: An evolutionary throwaway gesture thought to have arisen as food rejection mechanism by infants sometimes indicating genuine focus on a task or deceit, agitation and unhappiness.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tongue Jutting Or Tongue Jut 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tongue Jutting Or Tongue Jut 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Tongue Jutting Or Tongue Jut 3Tongue jutting or tongue jut:  When the tongue is pushed through compressed lips.  It is used to signal a cheeky attitude when done amongst friends, but has a more sinister connotation in competitive situations since it indicates that a person has gotten away with something.  In this case, the tongue usually does not touch the lips.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Torso ShieldTorso shield: Placing the arms or other objects over the chest so as to protect it from perceived threat.  It indicates a difference of opinion.  Shields can be hidden and subtle such as playing with a cufflink or holding a drink across the body, or be more obvious like holding a full arm cross or hiding behind a bar top or the back of a chair.

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Torso splay: A dominance posture where the torso is seen laying back in a comfort position, the chest is puffed out, and the chest is opened or bared challenging an attack.  It indicates high comfort and that a person feels they are in charge.

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Touch reduction:  When people are at odds with someone else, or are lying, they tend to reduce the amount of touching they do to other people.

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Traffic cop (the):  The hands are placed palm up in a stop motion.  The speaker wishes the audience to settle or calm so they can continue.

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Transactional analysis theory:  Abbreviated TA, and developed by Eric Berne in the late 1950’s it is an integrated theory of how people function.  It uses three ego states to predict and explain behaviour which are the parent, adult and child.  It states that the most constructive position to hold is the adult rather than the parent or child.  The “adult” is able to rationally deal with emotions and difficulties without throwing tantrums like a “child” and without trying to control like a “parent.”  Unproductive or counterproductive interactions were said to be due to ego state problems rooting in our development.  The focus was on modifying behaviour to achieve desirable results rather then simply observing them.

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Truth bias:  A literature review shows that an average sixty-seven percent accuracy is found when detecting the truth, whereas forty-four percent is found while detecting deception.  People’s accuracy at detecting truths is usually higher than their accuracy at detecting lies!  This is what is called the truth bias.  Some possible explanations for the truth bias stem from the fact that in everyday encounters we usually deal with honest people.  While lying is pervasive, it doesn’t happen nearly as often as does lying.  Thus, we expect people to be telling the truth and are therefore better at detecting it.  Another possible reason for our inherent truth bias is because it would be detrimental to act suspiciously while speaking with others just in case they were telling the truth.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Turtling Or Turtle (the) Or Turtle Effect 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Turtling Or Turtle (the) Or Turtle Effect 1Turtling or turtle (the) or turtle effect: This posture happens as the head appears to be swallowed by the shoulders.  It is an evolutionary defensive strategy to protect the head and happens when people are uncomfortable, have low confidence about themselves or a topic, have insecurities, feel weak or powerless, ashamed, or are carrying any other negative emotion.

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Twiddling the thumbs: A subconscious gesture indicating boredom where the interlocked fingers support the task of thumbs circling one another.

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Twitching:  Sometimes referred as a nervous twitch, a sudden short burst of movement or flinch can be due to a variety of reasons.  Twitching can be due to sudden or sustained stress, but more often than not is due to a random firing of neurons, or underlying medial disease and therefore has no meaning at all.  When it is due to stress, it is likely person specific meaning they have a tendency to twitch when under stress.

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Two-inch-drop: A female hip to waist ratio of which the hips are two inches larger than the breast.  It is a “hippy” condition and found much more in European countries such as Britain.  In Germany and Switzerland it is 2.4 inches and Sweden and France it is 3.2 inches.

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Two-inch-rise: Opposite to the two-inch-rise, the breast is two inches larger than the hips.  This produces a “pin up model” condition.  In the usual condition it is the hips that are actually narrower and not the breast that is larger producing an illusion.

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Get a free start in learning body language today! Click here: Getting Started.

The Body Language Project is the result of a decade of personal research including a thorough review of over 60 primary scientific research journal articles. Learning body language forms the perfect foundation for success in ALL your communication.

If you are only picking up on what is being said, you are missing more than half of the message.

For more information on BodyLanguage be sure to check out: BodyLanguageProject.com and the Ebook – The Body Language Guide to Dating, Attraction and Sexual Body Language.

 

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