How to read body language

reading4If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the body is the mirror of our feelings.  If we are feeling great it shows in how we hold and use our  body.  Conversely, if we look at someone else’s body we can often tell how  they are feeling by the signals their body is giving.

So when it comes to dating, using/reading body language signals is a great  tool. You can observe this by watching a couple flirting with each other.

In case you don’t think learning how to read and use body language is not important, here are some statistics about the messages we receive from  someone we meet.

  • 7% of the information we receive is from what they actually say.
  • 38% of information we receive is from the tone, inflection and speed of their voice.
  • A staggering 55% of the information we receive is from their body language.

These non-verbal signals will help you in dealing with the person but stay focussed on what the person is saying.  If you focus too much on their body  language signals, you and/or the other person may feel uncomfortable.

It is useful to be able to read people’s body language, but it is equally useful  to learn how to get your body to send the right signals and eliminate the  wrong signals.    See below for some body language signals.

Be warned: body language is very much open to interpretation. Many   signals have different meanings depending on the person/situation. Keep this  mind when you assess a body language signal.

Note: Look for 3 or 4 signals that convey a similar message or the one-   off inconsistent signal.  Also, consciously practise reading/doing some of   the signals as much as you can.  Learning, as you practise, what works   and what doesn’t work for you will help you gain confidence to use body  language techniques consciously.

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