10 surprising ways body language reveals people’s true personality
By | Daniel Mabanta | hackspirit.com
Do you realize that the majority of our in-person communication with one another is non-verbal?
That’s why it’s important to reflect on how you project yourself through body language, making the necessary adjustments where needed.
Our non-verbal interactions with one another hold power and can ultimately convey our true selves to the external world. So next time you want to make an impression, it’s wise to be aware of the non-verbal cues you’re giving off.
To make life easier, I’ve made a list of 10 surprising ways body language reveals your true personality. Ready to start communicating effectively without saying a word? Let’s get into it!
1) The firmness of your handshake
My dad always used to tell me to always have a firm handshake, a piece of fatherly wisdom that has benefited me throughout my life.
In our society, a handshake is often the first means of communication with a new person. And whether we like it or not, a firm handshake indicates strength and confidence.
Generally speaking, you’re making a good first impression with a solid handshake.
Meanwhile, the opposite applies as well. A limp handshake comes across as meek and delicate.
If you’re in business, for example, it might subconsciously be telling the other party that you aren’t the ideal person they want to deal with or you’re not fully committed.
For better or worse, we tend to value confidence and assertiveness over shyness and docility.
However, don’t overdo it by gripping the other person’s hand to the point that there is mild pain. This communicates aggression and will almost always backfire!
2) How you make eye contact
Much like a handshake when you regularly make direct eye contact with others, you’re expressing confidence and honesty.
Eye contact is a major rapport builder. You can express, interest, attraction, but also hostility and fear, and many other emotions through your eyes.
When you avert people’s gaze or blink excessively, then you could often be viewed as dishonest, deceitful, or weak.
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