Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Body Language: Crossed Arms

While crossing the arms can be a sign a cold person, it is more often a sign of emotion and thought.
A study was done where one group of students were asked to cross their arms during a lecture and another group of students were asked not to cross their arms during the same lecture. The results found that students that crossed their arms retained less information than those who did not.

Crossing the arms can mean one of a couple things:
  • Disagreement
  • Cold
  • Doubt
  • Disinterest
  • Subconscious fear of the other person (as shown by protecting your ventral [front] side)
Do not jump to conclusions if you see crossed arms. Look for other body language signs and the context of the conversation to support one of the above meanings.

Knowing body language is an important part of Thrivalism.
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