When talking to someone why do you sometimes scratch your head, rub your hands together or twist your hair?
Last week, in my etiquette post I wrote about body language. Self-adaption is something a little bit different. It is all about gestures you use. For instance, when you scratch your head, rub your hands together or twist your hair, you are preparing yourself to deal with a problem or a new solution or perhaps you are stalling.
Gestures are a way to express feelings and thoughts non-verbally. When you put the palm of your hand upward, it shows that you are open and receptive. Palms down indicate just the opposite. A thumbs-up gesture means, “Good job.” Finger wagging says, “Naughty, naughty.”
V is for victory. This is an emblem gesture. Showing a V is presenting victory. I see this often at college basketball games. The cheerleaders, and often others in the crowd, hold their middle and index fingers with their palm facing out while the other fingers are closed. This shows a V for victory.
Display Gestures show some kind of emotion. A tight fist shows anger. Holding your hands or wrapping your arms around yourself can be seen to be protective signs. When you put the palm of your hands upward, it shows that you are open and receptive. Palms down indicate just the opposite.
In researching this subject, I learned a lot that I didn’t know. Just like ‘‘body language” I find this very interesting.
(Thanks to my favorite newspaper writer, Mr. Clay Thompson, for bringing “Self-Adaptive Behavior” to my attention.)
By Lois Jamieson
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