6.5.4 Body Language: Arm Gestures


Negativity & Insecurity

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Fig 1: Photographers
Are not Allowed Here

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Fig 2: Beware My Fist!

The first set of arm gestures are intended to cover part of the chest and stomach, so that the doer feels more secure.

Arm Crossing is most common among people who don't know each other, feeling nervous or disagreeing about something (Fig 1 and Fig 3).

When the fist clinches, this indicates a more defensive attitude (Fig 2).


The arm cross can take different shapes to hide nervousness.

Famous Actors become haunted with photographers so much that they device different methods to hide their nerves.

It is sufficient to do or carry anything that makes a bridge or covers some of the frontal body (Figs 4-7).

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Fig 3: In Shutter: Arm Crossing Displays the Negative Feeling

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Fig 4: Making a Bridge

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Fig 5: Popcorn Cover

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Fig 6: The Sack Cover

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Fig 7: The Arms on Waiste

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Fig 8: Confidence Display

The following set of gestures are different. They show power!

The arms on waist gesture was originally used by males to show power, aggressiveness and a challenging attitude.

Women use these gestures mostly in fashion to make it appeal more for the "independent woman".

There are some strong woman I know who use this gesture regularly (Fig 7).

The hands behind back gesture shows that the person is not afraid but self confident.

He/She is exposing the vulnerable front because of strength (Fig 8).

Appreciation Gesture

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Fig 9: Oh, that's very generous of You!


When the hand is put over the chest (Fig 9), it is usually an honest indication that the person feels flattered or appreciative.


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