ChatterBank2 mins ago
Is this instinctive (both in using and interpreting)?
Do all cultures share the same body language?
To a certain extent I believe that body language can be read, but perhaps I feel that certain people put too much weighting on body language to read people's mood / true feelings on certain things. And I also believe that sometimes the symbols in body language are purposefully put in.
F'rinstance, If I say "yes, a day clothes shopping would be fun" I probably would put in the "I can think of nothing less enjoyable" symbols on purpose.
BUT, did I learn them from seeing what the "I'm lying" symbols were and copy them, or was I born with them?
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You are right, people put too much on bodylanguage. Like if I have my arms crossed, it's not NEGATIVE or DEFENSIVE... It's because I am cold. It CAN BE because it's negative or defensive but it isn't always. People mis-read BL too, folding my arms could be because i'm focusing.
Leaning back can be because you're not interested in whatever. OR it could be because you're relaxing.
I can usually tell when people lie now, the classic most common (imo) sign is the hand covering the mouth. Usually a lie is just an exaggeration or a white lie. People like Derren Brown who are experts at reading liars even subconsciously do things to give away that they're lying. He said it himself in an interview.