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The Body Language Of Touch
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The Body Language Of Touch

Knowing what another person is feeling allows you to be a far more effective friend, partner or colleague. When you know what someone is feeling, you can play a much more effective and helpful part in the other person’s life, knowing what to say to them and how to act when no one else seems to.

Learn to recognise the following touch body language gestures and you will be able to read what other people are feeling.

Touches to the Body, Arms and Legs

• Touching stomach: This serves to alleviate feelings of nausea which are associated with stress.

• Thigh Touch Body Language: If someone looks at you and rubs their thighs they are most likely attracted to you.

Hips Touch Body Language: Holding both hands on hips is a stance used to show dominance and indicate power. One hand on one hip shows agitation and a lack of power.

• Touch on the opposite arm: When one hand crosses the body to touch the other arm, a barrier is formed which serves to protect us. Therefore, when someone uses this body language gesture, they are feeling protective, which suggests insecurity.

• Holding hands in front of body or folding arms: again, forms a protective barrier indicating insecurity

Body Language of Touching the Face

• Nose Touching: This gesture can be indicative of a lie, but it can also simply mean that someone has caught a whiff of an offensive odour, or that they are evaluating and thinking in the negative. If you happen to observe this gesture in someone you're talking to, find out precisely why the other person is not in agreement with you.

• Mouth Touch Body Language: When someone puts a finger in their mouth so as to suck it they are self-pacifying and revealing feelings of insecurity.

• Touching the hair: a sign of insecurity or preening, which suggests attraction.

Resting Head on Hand: You may well already know what this gestures means. It is very common and is a sure sign that someone is either bored or tired. This gesture has the person resting their head on a hand to keep them from nodding off. Do not use this gesture when someone is talking to you or you will offend them.

Neck Scratch: Scratching the neck with their index finger reveals that an individual is not in agreement with the speaker. If you’re talking to someone and they use this gesture, it might be worth enquiring as to why they are not in agreement.

• Touching the Eye Body Language: This can mean deceit, but to be fair, it could also just be an itch. In criminal justice classes they look for this gesture so that practising interviewers can spot deceit.

• Lips Touch Body Language: This gesture could likewise indicate a lie or deceit (when the finger is served to cover the mouth). When the lips are touched sensuously a person reveals that they are feeling attracted to someone. Finally, this sign reveals nervousness.

Use these touch body language gestures to know what a person is feeling. This will allow you to achieve much more effective communication.


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