Learn What Your Partner Is Really Saying By Reading Their Body Language
People aren’t always outspoken about how they feel, in fact, when it comes to how someone is feeling about a relationship, the body always sends cues long before any words are spoken. Bodily cues fall into a more subconscious display of emotion, and people use this subtle dance to communicate moods, feelings, and other information. Correctly interpreting your partner’s body language will allow you to be more responsive and attentive to their needs. Here is a description of 10 body parts to help fine tune your observation skills.
Eyes are perhaps the most telling of body parts. There is a balance that must be maintained between too much and too little eye contact, as too much can be disconcerting and too little shows a lack of interest. During large social interactions, happy couples will often find each other’s gaze and maybe add a wink or knowing smile. Eye contact is also kept while being affectionate . A couple that might be feeling distant will avoid too much eye contact.
While looking at the eyes, don’t forget to observe what the eyebrows are doing too. Raising the eyebrows conveys interest and enthusiasm. Furrowing the brow can indicate disapproval, but also deep contemplation.
Wrinkling of the nose is a dead giveaway that someone is displeased or turned off. Watch carefully for any nose twitching or upturning.
Pursed lips show tension, as does kissing with firm lips rather than softening them. If you and your partner have great harmony while kissing, then it shows you’re both on the same page when it comes to feelings!
The neck not only keeps your head poised to show confidence, but it also keeps the head from looking at the ground or sky. Looking down or up can show disinterest, but sometimes looking down can be an endearing sign of shyness.
The direction which a person leans can send strong signals about how a person is feeling. If your partner keeps little space between you, then that shows they feel attracted and comfortable with you. If you sense an increase in distance, during sleep, dining out, or on walks, then that’s a sign something is amiss.
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Hands are another very expressive body part that are important to observe. Hand gestures are used to emphasis when we speak, but can also be used as more subtle body cues. Does your partner affectionately squeeze your hand, or hold it firmly? Or, does your partner hold your hand weakly with space between the palms?
Fingers convey lots of nervous habits such as tapping on tables or chewing on nails. If your partner is demonstrating any nervous ticks with their fingers, they’re probably feeling anxious about something.
Does your partner often walk a few paces ahead or start crossing streets without you? Those are big signs of detachment and create feelings of distance. Happy couples will try to match each other’s pace and keep close.
Whichever way feet are pointing shows where someone’s attention is directed. If you’re out with your partner and they often have their feet pointing away from you, it shows their thoughts are elsewhere. If you’re having a conversation and your partner crosses his or her feet, then that indicates they’re firmly planted only focused on you.
This list should give you a good place to start understanding your partner better , no matter how long you’ve been together. Understanding body language will be an invaluable tool for anticipating needs and strengthening communication.