Any person can, and actually does display a variety of gestures and expressions, which either support the spoken word, or contradict it and prove it as false. There are intentional gestures and unintentional ones, conscious and subconscious. We use conscious gestures when we want to reinforce our speech with physical movement, making the message more clear and accurate, a proper body language can win over a crowd or dismiss it just as easy, even without the support of words. The subconscious gestures are those physical changes that we are not aware of, when the body adapts and synchronizes with whatever is happening inside, displaying thoughts, feelings and attitudes in its own language.
Body language comprises numerous gestures and expressions, from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Gestures can be intentional, for example when you’re leaning forward just before rising out of your chair, shows the intention before the action itself. On the other hand, there are also unintentional gestures, made without indicating a certain intention, such as crossing your arms and legs.
Some gestures define you, because you’ve become so identifiable by them. Some are specific to certain local customs, others are universal gestures that everybody does. Others are merely displacement gestures, done for no other reason than to displace some energy. Be it as it may, body language has more to say than all spoken languages together.
Unintentional gestures are behaviors that inhibit one’s ability to act. They imply that you have no intention of moving from where you are. It’s almost like those gestures hold you back and won’t let you go, and the body expresses it. Such unintentional gestures are displayed when the brain considers that no outside influence can make you move at that moment.
Such unintentional gestures are more common than one would think, we’re just not accustomed to acknowledge and interpret them. The most common unintentional gestures are so common that they’re barely noticeable, for example:
* folded arms
* lips pressed together
* crossed legs
* a hand or finger in front of the mouth
All actions included in this type of body language – unintentional gestures – all keep you in place. You can’t go away with your legs crosses, you can’t speak with your hand in front of your mouth, and crossed arms say that you’re holding back. Each person displays a wide range of gestures, constantly communicating through body language, even when no word is uttered.