April 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

Art of Gestures

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What does one mean by the word, “Gesture”? Gesture refers to the various signs used by different body parts to depict a feeling, an expression or any emotion. Gestures refer the physical replacement of speech. Gestures are extremely important in understanding the mind of a person. Gestures form a body language of their own.  

It is extremely important that you learn to read the body gestures of the person you are talking to. It will help you understand how well a man in listening to you, how much is he interested in your talks, how confident is he about himself etc. Gestures are simple things. At certain times, they are subtle. At other times, they are quite blatant. 
If you learn the art of reading the gestures and understanding what do they actually mean, you will actually be able to assess people better. Here are a few gestures that are most common and which can help you understand what is going in the mind of the person next to you: 
While talking to someone, always notice the way the person you are talking to keep his hands. If a person keeps his arms open, it only means that he is interested in what you are saying. However, if he is sitting with closed arms around his chest, it means he is not listening much to what he is saying. While you speak, if a person in sitting inclined towards you, it means he is quite interested in what you are saying. Read such signs to know if you should carry your talk with the person concerned or not. 
A lot of people stare you right in your eyes while talking. A lot of people find this habit of others pretty intimidating. However, it has been proved that people who look into your eyes while talking are people who have a very clear heart and a very high level of confidence. Thus, do not be intimidated by people who stare you in the eye for their conscience is clear.
The way a person chooses to stand also speaks a lot about him. If a person stands straight, it means he is an active man with a good amount of self confidence. If a person stands with dropping shoulder, it means he is tired and there is not much enthusiasm in his life. Also, if a man keeps his hand on his hips while standing, it means that he is a little restless and is on a lookout for something to do. 
Similarly, the way a person sits also speaks quite a lot about him. If a person sits with his legs wide apart, it means that he is relaxed and does not have much on his mind. All in all, it shows a comfortable state with not much to worry. On the other hand, if a person sits with his legs crossed apart, it means he is not very comfortable with the situation that he is in. It also shows a slight lack of interest. 
There are other things that people do which shows how comfortable or uncomfortable they are. People bit their nails when they are scared or anxious about something in particular. If you are talking to someone and they keep on tapping something with their fingers, it means that though they are listening to you, they are actually trying to find a way to get out and do something else. At other times, some people keep on slapping their own chin slowly. When does a person do that? People do this when they are trying to make a decision. 
How can you know that a woman is interested in you? If she likes you, she will give out very subtle signals. For instance, if a woman likes you, she will play with her hair or expose her neck more often than she usually does. She will also laugh often on your jokes. Similarly, if a man likes you, he will pay much attention to everything that you have to say. 
You can also judge a person when you shake hands with him or her. If you get a firm palm to shake, it means the person has a lot of confidence in himself. A shaking hand shows lack of confidence. Some people like to shake hands with both their hands i.e. they will take your hand with one hand and cover it with the other. Such kind of handshake is not much appreciated as it is known to be hypocritical and shows insincere and unconcern attitude. Lastly, if a person has sweaty palms, know that he is nervous about whatever he is going to do. 
Gestures are never very loud. Body Language gives only very subtle signals. If you wish to benefit from the language of gestures, you will have to learn to pick up on the subtle signs that people’s bodies emanate. 
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