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In this gesture only the fingertips touch - each finger with the corresponding digit of the other hand, pointing upwards like the rafters of a tall church roof. A second advantage of the isochron method is that it contains internal checks on reliability. American Idol contestant defends Katy Perry after infamous on-air kiss Triangular bifaces are scarce in the Lower Palaeolithic except in the late Acheulean in some French regions and although they are more common during the Middle Palaeolithic especially during the Mousterian , they virtually disappear without trace. All of these were ineffective, of course, and when there seemed to be end in sight, most people thought the world was coming to an end. Some of the isotopic parents, end-product daughters, and half-lives involved are listed in Table 1.

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As with other behavioural sciences, the study of body language benefited from the development of brain-imaging technology in the last part of the 20th century. However a thrown hand axe would not usually cause serious injuries. Or quite differently can indicate upset, as if suppressing crying. However, these alleged miracles occurred in Roman-occupied lands, and the Romans had spies who attended large gatherings of Jews to detect any whispers of insurrection. Stress in this context is an outcome. The 87 Rb and 87 Sr contents are normalized to the amount of 86 Sr, which is not a radiogenic daughter product. A good reason for broadening the scope of body language is to avoid missing important signals which might not be considered within a narrow definition of body language.

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Headache-inducing train puzzle has the internet stumped - but can YOU spot which one is going the wrong way? Certain females are attracted by tattoos on men, especially extensive markings. It's a drastic step to improve one's love life, but worthy of note, because the subject is not as simple and negative as traditionally regarded.

Tattoos are significant attention-grabbers, and given the variety of subjects featured, also provide interesting talking points. With the exception perhaps of pogo-ing and head-banging most dance styles replicate sexual movements - lots of rhythmic hip and leg work, contorted facial expressions, sweating and occasional grunting, etc. For those blessed with a level of coordination dancing offers an effective way of attracting attention, especially in crowded competitive situations. For the less rhythmic, the lesson is to find a different environment.

The initial stages of a usually male-female sexual relationship are commonly represented as quite a structured process, summarised below. Flirting is a common modern term for the early stages of courtship, or the beginnings of extra-marital affairs, which is misleading since most flirting happens for fun and rarely progresses beyond non-sexual touching. Significantly, women are said generally make the first move - by signalling interest through establishing eye contact, and then confusingly for men, looking away.

The process can disintegrate at any moment, often before it begins, because most men are too interested in themselves or the bloody football on the pub telly to notice the eye contact. Where the process reaches past the first stage, here broadly is how it is said by body language experts to unfold:. A generation ago this process took a little longer than it does today.

Alcohol accelerates things even more. You'll see variations of the above sequence in body language books, and no doubt in real life too. Males tend to react to obvious signs of availability shown by females but miss many subtle signals.

Females give lots of subtle signals, tend not to repeat them too often, and infer lack of interest in a male failing to respond. Although now rare in Western society bowing and curtseying are interesting because they illustrate the status and relationship aspects of body language, which are so significant in one-to-one situations. Bending the upper body downwards towards another person or group is a signal of appreciation or subservience. The bow was in olden times a standard way for men to greet or acknowledge another person of perceived or officially higher status.

The bow is also a gesture of appreciation and thanks which survives in entertainment and performance. Male bowing traditionally varied from a modest nod of the head, to a very much more pronounced bend of the body from the hips. Depth of bend reflects depth of respect or appreciation. For added dramatic effect the feet may be moved tightly together. A very traditional Western bow involves a deeper bend combined with the normally right-leg pushing backwards or 'scraping' on the ground, hence the expression 'bowing and scraping'.

The effect can be augmented by the bower's hand pressing horizontally on the stomach, and the other arm extended, or sweeping extravagantly in a circular motion, made all the more dramatic if combined with removing a hat.

Such behaviour is rare outside of Christmas pantomimes these days, however interestingly even in modern times you will see men slightly nodding their heads in an involuntary 'semi-bow' when meeting a person and wishing to show respect or admiration.

As such, the small nod or bow of a head can be a clue to perceived seniority in relationships. Bowing has long been more significant and complex in Eastern cultures, where the gesture carries a similar deferential meaning, albeit it within more formal protocols and traditions.

The fundamental body language of bowing is rooted in showing subservience by lowering one's gaze and body, literally putting the bower at a lower level than the other person. Bowing remains significant in Japanese culture. A curtsey is a bend of the knees, combined with a slight bow of the head, and sometimes a lifting of the skirt or dress at each side, at knee-height, by both hands.

This skirt-lift dates from olden times when this prevented a long skirt from touching wet or muddy ground. The female curtsey gesture survives in traditional situations such as meeting royalty, or ending a stage or dance performance, in which you might see an older more flamboyant and deeper curtsey entailing one knee bending sideways and the other leg bending behind. Curtseying has effectively now been replaced by handshaking, although as with male bowing it is possible sometimes to see small head bows by women when meeting and shaking hands with someone regarded as superior or important.

Bowing and curtseying as conscious intentional gestures have effectively disappeared from Western behaviour, but importantly people's body language continues to give much smaller unconscious signals which can be linked to these old formal gestures and their meanings. This is not an exhaustive collection of body language terminology - just a summary of the main and most interesting definitions.

The posture is called the American leg cross because of its supposed popularity in the US compared to the UK, notably among males. The word anthropology is from Greek anthropos meaning human being.

Anthropology, like psychology and ethnology and ethology, is a science which over-arches the study of body language, and provides useful and for serious students, essential context for understanding the reasons and purposes of body language. Anthropology has been studied one way or another for thousands of years and became established under that name in the s.

The Human Genome project, which basically mapped the human genetic code started , completed in , and ongoing is probably the largest anthropological study ever performed. Involuntary in the sense that it is virtually impossible to control these signals because they are controlled by the very basic part of the brain responsible for our most basic bodily functions. Breathing rate is perhaps the exception, which while in many cases will speed as a physiological response to stress, can often be controlled and slowed or deepened given suitable conscious effort.

Regarded as a signal of reluctance or readiness to depart. This is a widely used term in psychology and the effect arises very commonly in relationships and communications. Conflicting body language signals can sometimes indicate this attitude or reaction in a person. Courtship in olden times broadly since the middle ages up until the mid-late s referred to quite formal steps of increasing familiarity between male and female, through to intimacy, perhaps with a little touching of hands or kissing, and lots of going out for walks and visits to the cinema or theatre, etc.

Sex might not rear its scary head for weeks, months or years; and sometimes, especially if the female was from an elite or religiously obsessed family, not until the wedding night. Nowadays 'courtship' is a much speedier affair and among modern young people can be started, fully consummated and effectively forgotten in a matter of minutes. The word erogenous derives from Eros, the Greek god of love Cupid is Roman , from which the word erotic also derives.

Erogenous zones contain high concentration of nerve endings and are significant in flirting and sex. Aside from the obvious genital areas and bottoms and breasts, erogenous zones include necks, inner side of arms and wrists, armpits and lips. Incidentally the G in G-spot is named after Ernst Grafenberg a German-born gynaecological doctor and scientist who as well as being an expert on the female orgasm, was first to invent and commercially market a IUD intrauterine device or coil for female birth control.

Ethnology is a branch of anthropology, concerned with ethnic effects, and where this involves behaviour it certainly relates to body language. The word ethnology is derived from Greek ethnos meaning nation. The modern study and awareness of ethnology is arguably hampered by sensitivities around racism.

Ethnic differences between people obviously exist, and ironically where over-sensitivity to racism and equality obstructs debate, society's understanding of these issues remains clouded and confused. The word ethology first appeared in English in the late s, derived from the Greek word ethos meaning character or disposition. Ethology became properly established during the early s. Austrian zoologist and Nobel Prizewinner Konrad Lorenz was a founding figure. Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape, is an ethologist.

So is the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Charles Darwin's work pioneered much ethological thinking. An eyebrow flash can therefore also be a signal of positive interest. The word haptics in this sense entered the English language in the s, which indicates when human touch began to be a serious area of study.

Hybrid expressions provide further emphasis of the need to avoid reading single signals. Combinations of signals and context are necessary, especially to make sense of hybrid expressions which contain different meanings. The word kinesics was first used in English in this sense in the s, from the Greek word kinesis, meaning motion. The word labial in phonetics means closure or part closure of the mouth, and additionally refers to the resulting vowel sounds produced, like w, oo, etc.

When a person's signals are mirrored the unconscious mind thinks, "This person is like me and agrees with the way I am. Pacing refers to the mirroring of someone's speed of movements. Phallic refers to something which looks like or represents a penis, often called a phallic symbol.

Phallic symbols are prevalent in psychology and aspects of flirting or sexual body language. The female equivalent term is a yonic symbol, from yoni, Hindu for vulva and a symbolic circular stone representing divine procreation. Yoni was originally an old Sanskrit word, meaning source or womb. Physiognomy refers to facial features and expressions which indicate the person's character or nature, or ethnic origin.

The word and much of the fundamental theory was devised by Edward Twitchell Hall, an American anthropologist in the late s and early s. The pupil generally enlarges dilates in the dark, and contracts in brightness. Enlarged pupils are also associated with desire and allure. Enlarged pupils are not a symptom of smoking drugs as commonly believed. This is probably a confusion arising from the fact that conditions are relatively dark when such judgements are made.

From Latin word meaning 'open mouth'. Various meanings very dependant on context and other signals. The term is slang really, not technical. For terminology to become casually 'hip' in this way reflects the mainstream appeal of body language as a subject. May be conscious and formal as in bowing, or unconscious as in slightly lowering the head and stance. Synchronizing is technically more appropriate since it naturally includes audible signals voice pace and pitch, etc , whereas the mirroring term normally makes people think of visual signals only.

The principles of synchronized body language definitely include audible signals in addition to physical visual signs. The author Roger E Axtell writes entertainingly and informatively about international body language and behaviours. Words themselves convey their own meaning, which is another subject, not least when we think about vocabulary, grammar, word-choice, etc.

But what about all the other noises and silences from people's mouths? Other audible signals which are not generally regarded as part of body language or non-verbal communications include for example:. All of this audible signalling happens for a purpose.

We might not easily know what the purpose is, but being aware of it is the start of being able to understand it better, in others, and possibly also in ourselves. Commonly the more noticeable unnecessary signals are embellishments or defensiveness - a kind of showing-off or protection. Other aspects can be more subtle indicators of social background or aspiration, and thereby of relationship and attitude towards other people.

These other audible signals represent a big and complex area which seems yet to have been researched and analysed to the extent that body language has.

Also cultural differences are potentially influential, which hinders translation and specific interpretation. Despite this, initially simply being aware of these signals will begin to shape an appreciation of their significance, and in many cases their underlying meanings. The style and nature of our written and vocal expressions inevitably provide a reflection of our feelings and personality. About us Contact us Shop.

Back to course 0. Body Language How to read body language signs and gestures - non-verbal communications - male and female, for work, social, dating, and mating relationships. Table of contents 1. How to read body language signs and gestures - non-verbal communications - male and female, for work, social, dating, and mating relationships 1. Body language index 1. Body language warning 1. Body language - basics and introduction 1.

Body language is more than body positions and movements 1. Body language definitions 1. Body language - background and history 1.

Body language and evolution 1. The six universal facial expressions - recognized around the world 1. Body language analysis 1.

Body language is relative to age and gender 1. Boredom, nervousness and insecurity signals 1. Body language - translation of gestures, signs and other factors - quick reference guide 1. Body language signs translation 1.

Eyes - body language 1. Mouth - body language 1. Head - body language 1. Arms - body language 1. Hands - body language 1. Handshakes - body language 1. Legs and feet - body language 1.

Mirroring - matching body language signals 1. Body language of seating positioning in relation to others 1. Body language in different cultures 1.

Flirting, courtship, dating and mating - sexual body language 1. Female indications of interest in a male 1. Male interest in females 1. Stages of courtship 1. Bowing and curtseying body language 1. Body language glossary 1. Body language references sources and books 1.

Body language goes both ways: Your own body language reveals your feelings and meanings to others. Other people's body language reveals their feelings and meanings to you. The sending and receiving of body language signals happens on conscious and unconscious levels.

Body language index introduction and basics body language definitions background and history nature or nurture? No single body language sign is a reliable indicator. Depending on context this can indicate lying, but in other circumstances, for example, storytelling to a child, this would be perfectly normal.

Looking right and down indicates accessing feelings, which again can be a perfectly genuine response or not, depending on the context, and to an extent the person.

Whether the 'facts' memories are correct is another matter. Left downward looking indicates silent self-conversation or self-talk, typically in trying to arrive at a view or decision.

Context particularly- and other signals - are important for interpreting more specific meaning about this signal. A reassuring sign if signalled when the person is recalling and stating facts. This therefore could indicate recalling what has been said by another person. Widened eyes with raised eyebrows can otherwise be due to shock, but aside from this, widening eyes represents an opening and welcoming expression.

If the signal is accompanied by a long pronounced blink, this tends to support the tiredness interpretation. Darkness causes pupils to dilate. So too, for some reason does seeing something appealing or attractive.

The cause of the attraction depends on the situation. In the case of sexual attraction the effect can be mutual - dilated pupils tend to be more appealing sexually that contracted ones, perhaps because of an instinctive association with darkness, night-time, bedtime, etc.

Resist the temptation to imagine that everyone you see with dilated pupils is sexually attracted to you. Significantly more than this is a sign of excitement or pressure.

Blink rate can increase to up to a hundred times a minute. Blink rate is not a reliable sign of lying. An infrequent blink rate is probably due to boredom if the eyes are not focused, or can be the opposite - concentration - if accompanied with a strongly focused gaze.

Infrequent blink rate can also be accompanied by signals of hostility or negativity, and is therefore not the most revealing of body language signals. It is a common signal of greeting and acknowledgement, and is perhaps genetically influenced since it is prevalent in monkeys body language study does not sit entirely happily alongside creationism. Fear and surprise are also signalled by the eyebrow flash, in which case the eyebrows normally remain raised for longer, until the initial shock subsides.

The fuss was made because a wink is quite an intimate signal, directed exclusively from one person to another, and is associated with male flirting. It is strange that a non-contact wink can carry more personal implications than a physical handshake, and in many situations more than a kiss on the cheek.

A wink is given additional spice if accompanied by a click of the tongue. Not many people can carry it off. Additionally - and this was partly the sense in which Bush used it - a wink can signal a shared joke or secret. This typically indicates suppressed displeasure or forced agreement of some sort. The smiler has a secret they are not going to share, possibly due to dislike or distrust. Can also be a rejection signal. The jaw is dropped lower than in a natural smile, the act of which creates a smile.

Bear in mind that people cry for reasons of genuine upset, or to avert attack and seek sympathy or kind treatment. In terms of body language genuine laughter is a sign of relaxation and feeling at ease.

Natural laughter can extend to all the upper body or whole body. The physiology of laughter is significant. Pain and stress reduces. Also vulnerabilities show and can become more visible because people's guard drops when laughing. Artificial laughter is a signal of cooperation and a wish to maintain empathy.

Otherwise however can simply be to freshen breath, or as a smoking replacement. The pen is the teat. Remember that next time you chew the end of your pen Can also indicate anxiousness or impatience at not being able to speak. Or quite differently can indicate upset, as if suppressing crying.

The gesture may be extremely subtle. An extreme version may be accompanied by a wrinkling of the nose, and a squint of the eyes. The gesture is reminiscent of the 'speak no evil' wise monkey. The action can be observed very clearly in young children when they witness something 'unspeakably' naughty or shocking. Extreme versions of the same effect would involve both hands. Later nail-biting becomes reinforced as a comforting habit, again typically prompted by frustration or fear. Stress in this context is an outcome.

Stress doesn't cause nail-biting; nail-biting is the outward demonstration of stress. The cause of the stress can be various things stressors. Nodding is confusingly and rather daftly also referred to as 'head shaking up and down'.

Head nodding when talking face-to-face one-to-one is easy to see, but do you always detect tiny head nods when addressing or observing a group? As with all body language signals you must look for clusters of signals rather than relying on one alone.

Look at the focus of eyes to check the validity of slow head nodding. Fast head nodding is rather like the 'wind-up' hand gesture given off-camera or off-stage by a producer to a performer, indicating 'time's up - get off'. Head tilting is thought by some to relate to 'sizing up' something, since tilting the head changes the perspective offered by the eyes, and a different view is seen of the other person or subject.

Exposing the neck is also a sign of trust. Head forward and upright is different to head tilted downward. Obvious of course, but often ignored or missed where the movement is small, especially in groups seemingly reacting in silent acceptance. This is an immensely powerful signal and is used intentionally by some people to dominate others. Head down when responding to criticism is a signal of failure, vulnerability hence seeking protection , or feeling ashamed. Hence the expressions such as 'don't let your head drop', and 'don't let your head go down', especially in sports and competitive activities.

Head down also tends to cause shoulders and upper back to to slump, increasing the signs of weakness at that moment. Holding the chin up naturally alters the angle of the head backwards, exposing the neck, which is a signal of strength, resilience, pride, resistance, etc.

A pronounced raised chin does other interesting things to the body too - it tends to lift the sternum breast-bone , which draws in air, puffing out the chest, and it widens the shoulders. These combined effects make the person stand bigger. An exposed neck is also a sign of confidence. The head and face are seen to respond fittingly and appropriately to what is being said by the speaker. Nodding is relevant to what is being said. Smiles and other expressions are relevant too. The head may tilt sideways.

Silences are used to absorb meaning. The eyes remain sharply focused on the eyes of the speaker, although at times might lower to look at the mouth, especially in male-female engagements. This can be due to various causes, ranging from severe animosity or concern to mild boredom or being too tired to be interested and attentive.

Crossed arms is a commonly exhibited signal by subordinates feeling threatened by bosses and figures of authority. People also cross arms when they are feeling cold, so be careful not to misread this signal. Self-hugging is an attempt to reassure unhappy or unsafe feelings. Men tend not to. It's a 'barrier' protective signal, and also self-hugging. Another 'barrier' protective signal. A common gesture with various meanings around a main theme of openness. Can also mean "I don't have the answer," or an appeal.

An easily faked gesture to convey innocence. Outward open forearms or whole arms are more extreme versions of the signal. The signal is one of 'weighing' possibilities. Hand on heart can be proactive, as when a salesman tries to convince a buyer, or reactive, as when claiming innocence or shock. Whatever, the sender of this signal typically feels the need to emphasise their position as if mortally threatened, which is rarely the case.

Commonly adults do this to young people. Adult to adult it is generally unacceptable and tends to indicate a lack of social awareness or self-control aside from arrogance on the part of the finger pointer.

The finger is thought to represent a gun, or pointed weapon. Strongly associated with anger, directed at another person. Like when a computer or elevator won't work, as if pressing the button lots of times will make any difference.. Logically a clenched fist prepares the hand and mind and body for battle of one sort or another, but in isolation the signal is impossible to interpret more precisely than a basic feeling of resolve. In this gesture only the fingertips touch - each finger with the corresponding digit of the other hand, pointing upwards like the rafters of a tall church roof.

Fingers are spread and may be rigidly straight or relaxed and curved. Alternating the positions pushing fingers together then relaxing again - like a spider doing press-ups on a mirror enables the fascinating effect nothing to do with body language , which after enough repetition can produce a sensation of having a greased sheet of glass between the fingers.

Try it - it's very strange. Very brainy people probably don't do this because they have more important things to think about. The action is one of suppressing or holding down a rising pressure. Teachers use this gesture when trying to quieten a class. Meaning depends on context. No-one knows still exactly how the noise is made, but the notion that the practice leads to arthritis is now generally thought to be nonsense.

The signal may be to oneself quietly, or more pronounced directed to others. There is also the sense of this suggesting something being 'just right' as if the finger and thumb are making a fine adjustment with a pinch of spice or a tiny turn of a control knob.

The circle formed by the joined finger and thumb resembles the O from OK. The remaining three fingers are spread. It's a very positive signal. Two hands is a bigger statement of the same meaning. Rightly or wrongly the thumbs up and down signals are associated with the gladiatorial contests of the ancient Roman arenas in which the presiding dignitary would signal the fate of the losing contestants.

Also thumbs are potent and flexible tools, so disabling them logically reduces a person's readiness for action. Can also indicate mild embellishment or fabrication. The children's story about Pinocchio the wooden puppet boy whose nose grew when he told lies reflects long-standing associations between the nose and telling lies. Often exhibited when recounting an event or incident. Pinching the nose physically obstructs breathing and speech, especially if the mouth is covered at the same time.

Rather like the more obvious hand-clamp over the mouth, people displaying this gesture probably have something to say but are choosing not to say it yet. When observed, nose-picking can signify various states of mind, none particularly positive. The gesture is occasionally seen by a person doing the talking, in which case it tends to indicate that other views and opinions are not wanted or will be ignored. People who display this signal are commonly assessing or evaluating next actions, options, or reactions to something or someone.

If the resting is heavier and more prolonged, and the gaze is unfocused or averted, then tiredness or boredom is a more likely cause. A lighter resting contact is more likely to be evaluation, as is lightly resting the chin on the knuckles.

Normally the supporting elbow will be on a table or surface. The middle finger commonly rests horizontally between chin and lower lip. Who knows - whatever, the signal is generally due to doubting or distrusting what is being said. Observable in various situations, notably sport, and less pronounced poses in social and work situations.

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