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Body Language 5 Steepling

Starting this week, I will be describing several body gestures or positions to indicate the classical meaning for each one and also some caveats on how they might be misinterpreted.

The source of this information is numerous body language sites online plus a wonderful DVD on “Advanced Body Language” by Bill Acheson from the University of Pittsburgh. Here is a link to the video in case you might want to purchase it.

Also, some of the information was derived from numerous books, such as the famous “How to Read a Person Like a Book” by Gerard Nierenberg.

The first gesture is called “steepling.” This is a form of demonstrating power when two people are in conversation. The classic gesture is fingers together and palms apart. Usually the person with the higher power is the one doing the steepling, and the higher the power the higher on the body the steepling…

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Body Language 5 Steepling

Starting this week, I will be describing several body gestures or positions to indicate the classical meaning for each one and also some caveats on how they might be misinterpreted.

The source of this information is numerous body language sites online plus a wonderful DVD on “Advanced Body Language” by Bill Acheson from the University of Pittsburgh. Here is a link to the video in case you might want to purchase it.

Also, some of the information was derived from numerous books, such as the famous “How to Read a Person Like a Book” by Gerard Nierenberg.

The first gesture is called “steepling.” This is a form of demonstrating power when two people are in conversation. The classic gesture is fingers together and palms apart. Usually the person with the higher power is the one doing the steepling, and the higher the power the higher on the body the steepling…

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Body Language 6 Folding Arms

Folding arms when listening or speaking is a classic type of body language that has a few different interpretations depending on the circumstances when it is being applied.

For example, if a student is sitting in a boring classroom for a long period and has folded arms, it would be a good idea to check the temperature of the room. The wrapping of arms around the torso helps to conserve heat and having the fingers wedged into the arm pits helps them from feeling cold due to poor circulation.

Folding arms can be somewhat different for women than men due to anatomical differences. Crossed arms gives a feeling of wholeness or snugness to a female that is not usually experienced by men. One can also deduce meaning from how the fingers are displayed. In this image, the fingers are relaxed, and when coupled with a natural smile, it basically looks…

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Body Language 7 Finger to the Side of the Nose

Sometimes people will touch themselves in the facial area, and depending on the context leading to a gesture, where on the face the person touches can be instructive in decoding the meaning.

Just like with all body language, we need to consider possible other logical explanations before ascribing specific meaning to a single gesture.

Touching the side of the nose is a telltail form of body language that is nearly always done unconsciously. If I touch the side of my nose when talking to you, it may just mean that I have an itchy nose at the moment. You need to consider that as one possible reason.

But, if I am a witness on the stand in a court room and the opposing lawyer asks me to confirm or deny I ever saw the bloody knife, if my finger goes to my nose as I deny ever seeing the knife…

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Creating A Habit For Change

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Yesterday, I was listening to an interview with John Assaraf and he was talking about creating habits for change that we desire in our life.  As we know making changes is not always easy even when we want the change.  It is a known fact that “90% of heart patients do not stick to the life style changes they need in order to live longer.” This is such an amazing and puzzling fact because I am sure that these patients do not want to die.

John mentioned in this interview that we make change hard when we can actually make it quite simple if we just did one thing that we are willing to do toward that change each day.  The key word is “willing.”  (If you are not willing to do what you are asking yourself, then figure out what small step you are willing to do right now…

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Creating A Habit For Change

Practical Practice Management

Yesterday, I was listening to an interview with John Assaraf and he was talking about creating habits for change that we desire in our life.  As we know making changes is not always easy even when we want the change.  It is a known fact that “90% of heart patients do not stick to the life style changes they need in order to live longer.” This is such an amazing and puzzling fact because I am sure that these patients do not want to die.

John mentioned in this interview that we make change hard when we can actually make it quite simple if we just did one thing that we are willing to do toward that change each day.  The key word is “willing.”  (If you are not willing to do what you are asking yourself, then figure out what small step you are willing to do right now…

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Are We Doomed To Keep Making The Same Mistakes?

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As I was reading Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carole” the other day and I realized that there were many lessons to be learned from dear old Ebenezer Scrooge.  Far to often we get stuck thinking about the mistakes we have made in the past, so much, that our present is spent dwelling in grief, excuses and frustration.

Mr. Scrooge feared the visits from the three Christmas ghosts, but he was a smart man and in the end and learned one important lesson well.  May we each learn this lesson and make 2019 a wonderful year and look forward to a future of learning, growing and doing good things for others!

Happy Holidays to you all ~ Tina

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