Here is an ultimate guide of women’s body language. Generally, both men and women have identical body languages, but they differ with respect to some minor details. More than often, men try to study the body language of women in order to look for any indications if they are attracted to them. This, of course, is just one of the many purposes that a female body language plays. Regardless of your intention, we included things that you should definitely know.
By definition body language is non-verbal communication and this includes voluntary or involuntary actions. It is much harder for people to fake out their movements or expressions as opposed to the verbal form of expressions. Since most body languages are associated with involuntary actions, they are more reliable in determining a woman’s feeling or mood. In almost every cases verbal communication can be termed as “manipulative.” In fact, the primary purpose of a body language is to breach that controlled verbal behavior or communication in order to understand their actual interpretation.
Here are some common and some hidden body language of women and what their interpretations.
“If she smiles, she’s into me,” that’s probably the most widespread and somehow inaccurate body language of a woman. Yes, it’s not entirely a “myth”, but again it would be more than preposterous to think that women only smile when they are happy or attracted to opposite sex. Smiling for women can also be a way of expressing their nervousness, so don’t just make the assumption that they are happy or okay with the situation that they are in.
Also, a woman smiling in excess or at random times can also mean that she’s feeling uncomfortable. What is important is that you pay attention to her sentence construction and the way she speaks in addition to her smile. Often times a woman’s smile and her verbal expressions will agree with each other, and, hence it becomes easy to identify if it’s a happy smile, nervous smile or an uncomfortable smile.
Nodding is again another common occurrence of women’s body language. More than often women nod more than men, and this is why nodding usually indicates different things for men and women. Men, for instance, nod when they agree with something that they hear, and while that remains the same for women, there is a slight difference. When a woman nods she either agrees with what she hears, or she is encouraging the other person to continue with what they are saying.
There is also a very prevalent misconception about a women’s nod. When a woman nods more too frequently, it is taken as an indication of being submissive in nature. This, of course, isn’t true, but nodding too frequently can give out misleading indications. As a woman, it is therefore vital to avoid nodding too frequently when in conversation with men.
The way a woman shakes her hand with others can reveal a lot of things about her nature. A weak and lazy handshake can indicate that she is shy, nervous or submissive in nature. Whereas, a strong handshake indicates that she is a confident and independent woman. This, of course, can mean the same thing for men as well, but men usually take handshake as an opportunity to establish their superiority over their recipient.
- Head tilts
Like nodding, head tilts can also lead to other people assuming different things. When a woman nods, it is usually a sign of encouragement to let the other person continue with what they are saying. This is primarily true if she is in a conversation with her senior officials or someone that they respect or admire. However, most people assume that head tilt is an indication of their submissive nature. This is especially true if a woman is in conversation with the opposite sex. Of course, that’s not what a woman demonstrates with her head tilt, but it is still taken as a sign of being weak or someone who lacks confidence.
As a woman, it is therefore vital that you keep your head straight and avoid any head tilting movements when it isn’t required to indicate that you are a strong, independent and confident woman.
Minor body movements can indicate a lot of things about a woman. If a woman shows restless movements such as touching her neck, playing with her jewelry or grabbing her upper arms, it usually means that she is either stressed or nervous. However, this can also be misinterpreted as an indication that she is attracted to the other person. The touching of the jewelry or arms can often lead others to believe that she is shy around them and, hence making the assumption that she is attracted to the other person. It is not wise to appear too playful or restless around men if you don’t want them to get the wrong indication. On the other hand, men should understand that fidgeting, in general, is a sign of being stressed out or being uncomfortable.
The amount of space that a woman takes can indicate a lot about her nature and attitude. Most people don’t realize this, but it’s one of those natural body languages that have been passed down for ages. Most women try to take up only as minimal space as possible, and that’s something that is seen as “natural.” And more than often it is taken as a sign of being polite or discrete in nature. However, this can also mean that she is not in control or submissive in nature.
On the other hand, occupying the space that she requires without any compromises, it means that a woman is radiating confidence or authority. This, of course, doesn’t mean taking up too much space of what’s required, as this again is an indication of an insecure woman.