What is Body Language?
Body language is a way of a person communicating their thoughts, feelings and ideas without using spoken language. Body language can include:
- facial expressions
- hand movements
- body positioning
All of the above combine to add meaning to spoken words, or to give some insight into what is going on inside someone's head.
Different cultures may communicate body language in different ways, so it is not always possible to accurately interpret what someone is thinking just through body language. But in most cases, it can give you a fair idea.
Here are some examples:
Folded arms - could mean cross, angry, uneasy and defensive, or just plain cold!
Frowning - could mean being thoughtful, considering an idea, or displeased with something.
Smiling - could mean happy, content or amused.
Body turned away - could mean disinterested, distracted, defensive, threatened or wary.