Correct interpretation of bodily movements helps us to better understand the other. We all look at our interlocutor noticing messages of the body comparing with what the person is saying.
We decipher messages observing bodily movements during an interview. One of them is touching (or scratching) the face or body. These signs of suppressed emotions expressed by the body are movements which we can hardly avoid making. We constantly make movements when we’re engaged in communication and often do not say what we think.
The body shows what we do not say aloud. It is an abundant source of information since it never learnt to lie. The individual’s involvement in a conversation also depends on your own attitude. Distortion of your own attitude may make you to believe what you see. A person who doesn’t complies our own norms may be judged easily for a liar.
Bodily movements are indicators worthy of close attention. The body reveals what the mind really thinks. Lets’ take an example (picture): two totally different emotions, one side is sad, the other happy. The right side shows expressed sadness, the left side shows the felt emotion.
© Gerard Stokkink – Dutch expertise center body language