In our last episode of body language facts, we learned quite a few interesting facts like women ogle men as much as men ogle women, eye blinking increases under conditions of stress or when someone is lying, men are attracted more towards women who laugh at them and more… But, we were far from being done. Here is another round of 20 interesting body language facts that you probably were not aware of. So, let’s get started!
Interesting Body Language Facts: 1-10
1. One of the most interesting pacifying acts that we commit when we are in stress is that of stroking or touching our neck. Women are more frequent with this one especially when they are fearful, stressed, distressed, uncomfortable or feel threatened. The area that women specifically touch – subconsciously – is the neck dimple which is the hollow area right between their breast bone and Adam’s apple.
2. Face platter is a courtship gesture which is commonly used by gay men and women. In this gesture, a person will simply place the palm of one hand on top of the dorsum (back side of the palm) of the other hand place the chin on them in a way as if the face has been placed on a platter. It is more like offering the face for admiration or kiss.
3. Women touch their neck dimple during stressful conditions. What about the men? They prefer their face and yes, face touching my men is also a subconscious move.
4. In most of the areas in this world, when two people of same gender maintain a prolonged eye contact, it is usually considered as a sign of hostility, confrontation or aggression. This is usually the case in countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. However, when we move to West, this is pretty normal. Move to Middle East, prolonged eye contact between people of same gender is absolutely normal and it is not just normal. It is rather sustained and intense without any intention of hostility.
5. When threatened, our instinctual behavior is flight response. This means that when we are threatened, we have a tendency of fleeing the spot. This is usually seen in case of animals. However, modern humans have adapted to a great extent. Under threatening conditions, we now incline towards evasive actions subconsciously rather than resorting to flight response. Some of the most common evasive actions that we use are:
- Rubbing eyes.
- Closing eyes.
- Placing objects like keys, purses etc. on our laps.
- Leaning away (especially from the person or thing that is threatening us).
- Subconsciously turning our feet towards the exit area but not actually fleeing.
6. When we feel anxious or disagree to something or perhaps we are in a state of disbelief, we tend to keep our eyes closed for a prolonged time. We may also look down for a longer time or perhaps we may cover our eyes with our palms for a prolonged time. All these actions are extremely powerful non-verbal gestures and are collectively known as eye blocking.
7. When it comes to neck massaging or touching, pregnant women slightly differently. They will start with their neck and then move their hand along their chest and then to their stomach. This unconscious move is more like act of covering the fetus from the stress she is experiencing.
8. It is not just massaging or touching of neck that pacifies us to a great extent. Other activities like using tongue to rub or massage cheeks and lips from inside the mouth is also a pacifying gesture. Scientists have figured out that these gesture send signals to our brain which in turn releases stress-relieving hormone known as endorphin.
9. One great body language to detect deception is to check for leg cleansing. This is an act where a person will simply place his or her hands (palms) on thighs and slide them down continuously towards the knee. Once the palms reach the knees, they will subconsciously drag their palms up again and repeat the action. However, sometimes innocent folks who are very tensed in a situation may also use the same body language. Overall, it is nothing but a pacifying action.
10. A great way to identify a person’s true intentions is to observe his or her legs. During a conversation, two people will usually stand or sit face to face with their toes pointing at each other. At a point where a person finally disagrees during the discussion, he or she will subconsciously slightly move his or her feet outwards or will continuously move one leg in outward direction. This body language means disagreement and a sign that the person disagreeing wants to leave.