Body Language Signs Of Nervousness And Tension

body language signs of nervousnessNervousness can be a turn-off. If youre going to be interviewed in a television show (hey, who knows?), you should be aware of your body movements. Signals conveyed by nervous people include:

  • Their fists are clenched.
  • Their hands or feet are tapping.
  • The bottom edges between the fingers of one hand are clenched with the bottom edges between the fingers of the other hand. This is the position of the hands when praying.
  • Hands are interlocked (flesh between thumb and index finger of one hand joined with flesh between thumb and index finger of another hand) and pressing each other.
  • They speak in a high-pitched, fast-paced, stuttering voice.
  • They whistle to conceal and fight their nervousness.
  • They are often clearing their throat.
  • One hand is clutching the other hand, wrist, arm, or elbow.
  • Their arms are at the back, where one hand is pressing the wrist or arm.
  • Their arms are crossed, but they are gripping their biceps.
  • Their legs are crossed while standing.
  • They have a wilted handshake, palms pointing upwards.
  • Their eyes evade you.
  • Their ankles are locked or glued to each other. When accompanied by clenched fists, this may indicate that they are holding back strong emotions or feelings.
  • They dont smoke. What?!? You thought people smoke because theyre nervous. But it is in fact the opposite. People who smoke only do so when they are not tensed in any way.

When you hear them say: "Whew", it means they are previously nervous but are now relieved because their problems have been solved or they have survived a big challenge.


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