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Interpret the Posture of Confidence

By Alan Luk

Words of confidence can be heard when spoken, likewise words of confidence

can be read when written or documented. But can confidence be interpreted

from the actions of a person?

Yes, it can. As a matter of fact, action has a higher degree of

consistency compared to spoken or read materials regardless of the subject

involved. Whenever there is a cloud of doubt on the truthfulness of an

issue under discussion, the language not spoken or read serves as the

confirmation of accuracy. This is the language of body movements or

gestures. In this case, the issue is confidence.

Take these postures as indications of confidence:

A confident person is most likely to talk spontaneously, without second

thoughts on his mind, as can be seen from his eyes. The eyes are the gates

to a person's character. A confident person gives more frequent eye

contact than a non-confident individual. He can look at you straight every

now and then, at a longer time, and his eyes blink less (unless the person

has a habit of frequent blinking which you will notice beforehand).

A confident person talks with hands away from his face. He doesn't cover

his mouth (unless he has halitosis or unless the person he is talking to

looks or reminds him of something funny) or nose (unless he smells

something offensive). He doesn't scratch his head (unless it's itchy

because of scalp disorders).

A person beaming with confidence of having achieved much stands erect and

proud. He shows that he definitely knows where he is headed. A straight

back with chin up shows confidence and even superiority.

One of the most reliable indications of a confident person can be seen by

the gesture of his hands. When each finger of a hand (in spread position)

meets each equivalent finger of the other hand at the tips, it is a very

sure sign of confidence. This gesture resembles the structure of a church

steeple. This is the reason why this gesture is called steepling or


Some people openly show off this hand gesture when they are seated. They

proudly show their steepling hands, indicating authority and showing they

are sure of what they are saying.

You may notice that when a boss and subordinate talks to each other, the

boss is most likely the one doing the steepling. While seated in front of

a desk, the boss usually places his elbows on top of the desk with the

steepled hands almost on face level as if he is looking through a screen).

As for a woman, she usually rests her elbows on the armchair when seated

with her steepled hands on her lap. If she is standing, the steepled hands

are usually in the waist level.

In most of the gestures, especially when it comes to the steepled hands,

it is important to know if the gesture you see from the other person is

truly indicative of his true emotions or personality. Make sure you are

not being misled or deceived. This is especially true in dealing with

people you hardly know and when sincerity plays an important role in the

deal. You can check this by looking for other clues that are congruent or

related to the gesture he is exhibiting.

About The Author
Alan Luk is President of Generation Y Success Inc, his network of success

websites are helping ordinary people breakthrough fear in order to attract

success in their lives.

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