It’s been shown that up to 90 percent of communication is nonverbal. You convey much of what you are feeling and thinking through the way you display and move your body. Without knowing, you are telling the world what sort of person you are and how you feel, both at the moment and in general. Interpretations of some body movements vary between cultures, but many are cross-cultural in meaning and portrayal. They send a clear, yet subtle message.
Forward leaning, tilting your head, and widening your eyes show that you are playing close attention to someone or something. But making your eyes too wide and bringing your eyebrows close together traditionally indicates fear or confrontation. If your eyebrows are raised, widening your eyes says you like what (or who) you’re seeing; it can be interpreted as flirtatious.
Your body movements give hints about your personality. Smooth, loose body movements show you are easygoing and light-hearted. Conversely, if you have rigid movements and constantly tense shoulders, you are likely a stressed and nervous personality — a natural worrier.
If you are an introvert your body shows your apprehension about engaging with the outside world. You may have a tense posture and dislike making eye contact. Your body tends to be directed away from people and activity. If you are extroverted, however, you lean in closer to people and keep eye contact for longer periods. You speak more enthusiastically and make more physical contact.
Sitting with your legs wide apart normally indicates you feel safe in your environment. Both men and women use this sitting position when they feel comfortable. If this is your natural sitting position you are likely confident and a natural leader. If your feet are wound around each other or your chair you’re probably feeling anxious or nervous.
Dominant, secure people stand with their feet pointed outward. Their energy is directed out, towards the world. If you are less secure or feel inferior you stand with feet pointed inward, showing that you don’t want the spotlight.
Those are just some of the words that people “say” every day through the way they move and hold their bodies. There are countless ways that you make direct statements without saying a word. What message are you sending with your body language?