Body Language – Saying Without Speaking

Body Language – Saying Without Speaking

Take a close look at people while they are talking and you will most certainly see a specific pattern concerning head movement.  Each of the head positions can disclose something about a person if we put some thought into it and interpret it in the right way.


Lowering the head.

When lowering your head, you cover the neck indicating negative feelings. Situation characteristic for lowered head position is threat, both physical and psychological. People in physical danger instinctively lower their head to protect the neck. This position will help you recognize introvert persons who cannot defend themselves.

But, if the person you are talking to is lowering his or her head at the same time maintaining eye contact, you can assume that it will lead to a flirt. Nevertheless, bear in mind that head down may simply be a sign of fatigue.


Raised head.

One of the characteristics specific to humans is turning the head and eyesight in the direction of interest. If you walk into a room and the person present raises their head in your direction, consider yourself interesting to that person.



Nodding your head usually represents some sort of agreement. In this case, it is almost always accompanied by a smile. However, nodding can mean different things:

–          Quick nodding stands for strong agreement

–          Slow nodding means agreement that may be questioned. In this case it is best to monitor other signals to determine the real intentions of interlocutor.

Head movement from left to right almost always represents disagreement. As in the previous example, intensity of disagreement can be determined based on the speed of movement.

The way in which you can convince the interlocutor to agree with you is to nod your head while talking. If you strive to convince people into something, you should not shake your head while you are talking, since you will cause mistrust.


Rotating and cutting off.

Except in the case of neck pain, turning the head during a conversation most frequently indicates a lack of interest. It can be very insulting gesture. That is commonly known as cutting off someone. When we want to stop communicating, head turning is often accompanied by other signs:

–          looking away

–          tappinghands

–          playing with objects

We should make a distinction between looking into distance and turning heads. Unlike turning the head, looking into distance is a positive sign during a conversation, since it can mean you have interlocutor’s attention.



–          Mouths

If the person talking covers mouth with their hand, it indicates that they are telling a lie. But, if you see others covering their mouth while you are speaking, then people feel you are lying.

–          Nose

Covering nose has the same meaning as covering mouth. Meaning also depends on whether the nose is covered by the speaker or listener.

–          Eyes and ears

Touching or rubbing eyes occurs in cases when a person wants to block a lie that he sees or senses. It is also the way of avoiding eye contact when you are telling a lie. The same goes for ears, where by this gesture we are trying not to hear certain words.

–          Neck

If you are touching or scratching your neck during the conversation, the person you are talking to can see that you do not agree with them.

–          Fingers in mouth

This gesture is characteristic for those who are tense during a conversation.

–          Cheek

If your listener begins to lean cheek on their hand, it means that they are probably bored or annoyed. But if their closed hand is resting on the chin with the index finger upwards, it means they find you interesting.

–          Rubbing head/neck

Combined with avoiding eye contact, rubbing parts of the body means that you know a person is lying. If a person struck their neck or head during a conversation, it usually means that they are angry or frustrated.

–          No head movement

Although it happens rarely, some people do not move their heads during conversations.

This gives the impression of the dominant authority figure. By keeping your head still during a conversation others could also see you as a person of higher status.


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