Reading Body Language

The Reading Body Language IQ Matrix explores how to better recognize and understand the message that various hand, arm, leg and torso gestures send out in social situations. It is said that 80 percent of the conversation we have with another person comes through the body, while only 20 percent comes through the words people speak. We typically think through the words we will speak, but rarely if ever do we choose how to use our body during a conversation. In fact, many people are probably not even aware of the powerful subtle message their body is sending. This message typically reveals their hidden thoughts, feelings, opinions and motives without their conscious awareness. Working through this map will help you to better read these signals so that you can more effectively read people’s true intentions, and subsequently adapt your conversation style.

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Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Reading Body Language IQ Matrix:

All five branches of the Reading Body Language map explore various gestures that people typically use during their conversations with others. These body language gestures come across in the way they use their arms, elbows, fingers, hands, legs, feet, torso, shoulders, chest, and neck. These gestures must of course not be taken in isolation. In order to get to the heart of what a person is thinking and feeling it is important to look out for a combination of matching gestures that tell a consistent story before jumping to any conclusions.

As you work your way through this map you will come to understand how specific kinds of gestures that people use can be interpreted. As a result you will more readily recognize what a person is thinking, feeling and emotionalizing from within when their words don’t seem to tell the full story.

Stick with these principles, memorize and incorporate them into your daily interactions with others and you will progressively grow more confident in your ability to read people’s body language. Moreover, with this understanding in mind you will become more consciously aware of your own body language and of how you’re coming across to others during a conversation. As a result you will be able to make adjustments to ensure that your words match the message that your body is sending.

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