Salutation Displays Forms of greeting
Schematic Gestures: More stylized or abbreviated versions of mimic gestures Scissors Stance: Standing with your legs crossed . Screensaver Face: A term I coined to describe the face we pull in between social displays, usually a deadpan, or even angry or anxious-looking face . Scrotch: The scratching of the crotch area to gain sexual attention, usually performed by males Secondary Emotions: Emotions that are prompted by your own thoughts, like worry or anxiety Self-motivational Gestures: These are a little like winding up a clock—that is, turning one hand around in a circle, pacing back and forth, and so on—in a bid to get the brain into top gear Self-policing: When someone is so aware of their body language they begin to self-correct visibly Self-reward Gestures: Jumping in the air, hugging yourself, and so on
Self-stab Gesture: Poking your own finger or pen into yourself
Self-stroke: Stroking any part of your body, usually to either self-calm or to seduce
Shortfall Signals: Under-reaction signals .
Signature Gestures: Any gesture frequently or possibly famously used by someone, especially a celebrity Social Zone: Distance of 5-10 feet away from another person
Spatial Behavior: Your use of space in relation to others . Spatial Rituals: The way people tend to keep patterns of space in certain situations Splaying: Standing or sitting with legs wide apart . Status Displays: How we show our real or ideal status to the world at large
Steepling Gestures: Any hand gesture where the fingers are linked or pointed upward in the shape of a steeple Usually seen as a Power Posture Stotting: Taken from the animal kingdom, a bouncing style of walk used to signal energy and enthusiasm in order to attract a mate Stretched Social Smile: The wide, overly exaggerated smiling that people do at boring social events Submissive Signals: Status-lowering or compliant signals like body lowering or gaze dropping Suppressed Smile: When the lips are pressed together to minimize or conceal a smile Symbolic Gestures: Used to signal feelings or ideas . Sympathetic Nervous System: Prompts fight-or-flight responses while parasympathetic system attempts to self-calm
Technical Gestures: Trained gestures used in certain professions where speech might not be possible Tell: The terms "tell" and "show" have been coined by some psychologists to describe body language signals Territorial Behavior: Body language marking of territory or ownership
Thumb of Power: Usually referring to pointing with the knuckles but also placing the thumb down on top of the knuckles in a power gesture Used a lot by politicians Tie -signs: Silent, subtle body language signals that people in a close relationship throw to one another, like a nod, pat or eye-roll, and so on Tongue-flick: A very quick tongue-dart, often caused by embarrassment Tongue-lick: When the tongue licks around the lips and corners of the mouth, signaling pleasure or anticipation, possibly sexual Tongue-poke: When the tongue is displayed at the middle of the mouth, signaling rejection or disgust Trained Actions: Gestures and movements we have to learn, like typing or changing gear in a car Transfix: Holding a pose when you've been interrupted while speaking to show a desire to return to your point Triumph Displays: Raised arms, air punching, and so on. Any performed or spontaneous gesture that raises the status at a point of victory or pseudo-victory
Truncated Gestures: Any unfinished gesture .
Weighing Hands: A two-handed gesture when hands seem to mimic weighing scales, signaling the speaker is weighing options
Wrapping: Wrapping yourself in your hands or arms, like self-hugging A self-comfort gesture
Zones of Proximity: How close you stand to someone else . (Usually defined as three key zones . See Personal Zone, Public Zone and Social Zone.)
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