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Body Language Dictionary ::X::

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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 –  Body Language Project: 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 ::V::

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 - Ventilator (the)Ventilator (the): When a person pulls at an article of clothing, usually a shirt collar in and out so as to remove heat.  The ventilator is indicating a desire to cool due to high stress.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 5BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 4Ventral denial or ventral distancing:

A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  It is the opposite nonverbal cue to ventral fronting and indicates that a person dislikes or lacks agreement.  Ventral distancing includes slouching, lean backward, orienting the torso away, or placing objects in front of the body such as clothing or books.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 4 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 1Ventral displays: A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  Torsos house important vital organs that are responsible for keeping the body alive.  Heart, lungs, liver, intestines and so forth are all easily accessible through a thin layer of skin, fat, muscle and sometimes ribs and a sternum and exposing our ventral side means that we trust we won’t be attacked and is therefore a signal of openness and liking.  Ventral sides are usually oriented toward people we like and away from those we dislike.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 3Ventral fronting: A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  Is the opposite nonverbal cue to ventral denial and indicates that a person likes and is in agreement with another.  Ventral fronting includes orienting the body toward someone directly, leaning toward a person, increasing proximity and removing objects to create a clear view.

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Verbal eloquence: Refers to the method with which people speak and the contents of their sentences.  Eloquence is soothing to listeners.  Eloquence includes characteristics such as deliberate, interesting, concise and articulate.  Frequently verbal eloquence comes with rehearsal rather than naturally although when done properly seems effortless.

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Verbal mirroring: A rapport building technique that involves matching the style of a speaker including some of the words they use and their representational system, be it visual, auditory or kinesthetic as well as other facets such as accent, draw, speed, tonality, volume, etc.  Proper verbal mirroring creates empathy quickly between near strangers.

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Visual learners or visual communicators: Account for around 35% of the population.  They will prefer charts, maps, graphs, data, images and photographs.  Tailoring visual representations to visual learners will make any pitch more effective.  Visual communicators use phrases such as: Can you picture this? Just envision this.  This isn’t what it appears to be.  It’s a transparent deal.  Let me illustrate this.  Here’s what it looks like.  Our goal is in sight.  Can you see what I mean.  It’s crystal clear.  Let’s take a closer look.  Here’s a demonstration to show you.  Look, we have a lot to offer.  Imagine what can be done.

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Virtual body language: Stemming from research by Dr. Yee out of Stanford University in 2007 into the online gaming industry, it was found that even in a virtual world people maintain nonverbal rules.  He found that male characters tended to hold larger distances between other males and females tended to hold less distance between themselves and other females just like real life.  Male characters also maintained less eye contact with other males whereas females did not.

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Vocal emotion: Vocal emotion conveys various feelings such as happiness, excitement, anger, fear, grief, lust and so forth.

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Voice accents: A voice trait reflecting differences in nationality or regionality.  Accents can provide clues to the nonverbalist by dictating a targets origins and upbringing and hence their personalities and personal values.  Misreading those with accents that cause broken language can wrongfully read a person as shy, nervous, lacking in self confidence or unintelligent when they might otherwise hold opposite traits when conversing in their native language.

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Voice breathiness: A voice trait that has an unusual aimed at seduction though can also be due to illness.  Other reasons to add heavy breath while speaking includes anger, excitement, frustration, out of breath (exercise or fatigue), disbelief, nervousness, surprise, or stress.

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Voice clarity: Includes voice qualities such as enunciation, mumbling, precision and distortion.

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Voice contrast: The variability in the voice in terms including volume (loud or soft), speed (fast or slow), and pitch (high or low).

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Voice hesitation: A quality of the voice that includes starts and stops due to difficulty in finding words.

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Voice intonation or voice emphasis or voice intensity: A stressing of syllables and words that function to produce different meanings.  This voice trait is not as important while speaking English, but many language use intonation to communicate various emotions and meanings.

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Voice language: A voice quality that includes slang, proper grammar, use of clichés and colloquialisms.

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Voice pauses: The use of pauses to create emphasis, dramatic effect and to allow a listener to process incoming information.

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Voice pretentiousness or pretension or snobbery in the voice: A haughty voice.  This voice trait signifies a desire to present an image of success, sophistication, intelligence, wealth, or upper class-values.  While the aim is to appear better than others, pretentious voices often signifies insecurity, approval seeking and a desire for recognition.  A person who speaks snobbishly usually believes that they are better and more intelligent than others.

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Voice rate or voice speed: A paralingual feature of the voice describing the speed with which words are delivered.  It can vary from high energy or fast talking to low energy or slow talking.  In terms of emotions, the faster a person talks the more angry or excited they are, and the slower a person talks the more sadness is present.  Studies show that fast talkers are considered more intelligent and more knowledgeable than slow talkers.

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Voice tempo: Refers to the speed, variability, rhythm and pacing of the voice.

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Voice tonality or tone: Refers to the pitch or depth of the voice.  Men normally have a much lower pitch then woman, where pitch refers to the highness or lowness of the voice.  A low tone indicates dominance and is an attractive feature in men.

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Voice traits: Characteristics of the voice of which outline hidden meaning about the speaker such as loud or soft voice, rapid speech or slow speech, halting speech, pitch, intonation and emphasis, flat or unemotional voice, pretension, snobbery, whining, raspy voice, mumbling and accents among others.

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Voice volume: A characteristic of the voice linked to specific meaning.  A loud voice is an indication of confidence, anger, and enthusiasm whereas a quiet voice is linked to shyness, calmness and a lack of enthusiasm.  At other times soft whispers can be used to draw people in closer and control them.

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Von Osten: A 1800’s German based high school teacher who studied phrenology which is a now discredited theory that intelligence, character and personality traits are based on the shapes and bumps on someone’s head.  He later teamed up with a horse named Hans who was able to read body language to solve mathematical problems.

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Vrij, Aldert: Psychology research professor at the University of Portsmouth.  Professor Vrij is a leading researcher in nonverbal and verbal cues of deception and lie detection and has published over 325 articles and book chapters on the subject.  His book “Detecting lies and deceit: pitfalls and opportunities” is “a comprehensive text about deception and lie detection. It describes the lie detection tools used to date and discusses the problems related to these tools. It also gives guidelines on how to improve lie detection.”  Mr. Vrij is also an advisor to police on interviews with suspects and frequently acts as an Expert Witness in court.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - V-sign Or Victory SignV-sign or victory sign: With the palm facing outward toward another, the v-shape is made with the index finger and the middle finger with the rest of the fingers tucking into the palm.  In the West it signifies victory or peach, but when the palm faces inward, it is considered an insult in certain cultures.

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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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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 ::T::

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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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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