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10 Negative Body Language Gestures That Cause Others To Dislike You

"Some people say that it is a sign of intelligence and depth. Others say it is an egoistic thing to do."

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.
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Most people are totally unaware that negative body language even exists and completely underestimate the amount of influence it has over how you are perceived by others.

Most of our communication is actually non-verbal. This means that what you don’t say, speaks a lot about who you are and what you are thinking. Gestures that you use, whether conscious or subconsciously form your body language. As a result, through these body gestures, people can deduct positive attributes as well as a negative tone.

Therefore, if you are looking to make a good impression when in conversation with others, negative body language gestures can really work against you and have people thinking you are something you are not.



This article compiles some negative body language gestures you may want to avoid.

1. Looking down and not making eye-contact

When in the presence of people you don’t know, lack of eye-contact is seen as a negative gesture. Some people may view this as rude; while others will take it as arrogance. It actually shows that you’re not interested in what others have to say. Therefore, make sure to always maintain good eye contact and avoid looking down.

2. A fake smile

10 Negative Body Language Gestures To Avoid

There is nothing more off-putting than a fake smile. This negative body language gesture is easy to spot. A genuine smile is one that will light up the whole face. A fake smile centers on the mouth and lips alone. If you feel like you have to force a smile, there is no need to pretend; keep your cool, and this will make you more credible.

3. Checking your watch and focusing on your fingernails

There is nothing that says you are bored more than checking the time and inspecting your fingernails. When you are having a conversation, be respectful and maintain focus; even if you are really bored. This is a sure way to create a good impression.

4. Narrowing of the eyes

Narrowing your eyes will be taken to mean that you do not like the ideas of another person. Also, it is an expression that has been seen to express anger and distrust. However, some people narrow their eyes while conversing as a reflex to deep thought. You do not want to send the wrong message and in this respect, avoid narrowing of the eyes.



5. Sitting or standing too close

Have you seen people who come too close to you and bother your personal space? This habit is more common than you think. You should keep your distance while talking to someone; unless you are intimate friends or lovers. Some people think that being too close will enhance the conversation; while in actual fact it is a rude thing to do.

6. Touching your face

People who touch their face during conversations definitely have a negative tone to them. Touching the nose and mouth could indicate that the person is not telling the truth. Some people show nervousness when they touch their face, and the key is to resist the urge. Your hands should not be close to your face when you are talking to people.

7. Crossing your arms

10 Negative Body Language Gestures To Avoid

This is a debatable negative body language gesture. Some people say that it is a sign of intelligence and depth. Others say it is an egoistic thing to do. Crossing your arms could mean that you are not open to the ideas of others. It shows defensiveness and resistance. It is wise to avoid it if you want to leave a lasting impression with others.

8. Blinking too fast

It goes without saying that when you are anxious or nervous, you might increase the rate of blinking. However, you do not have to announce it to the whole world. You can actually learn how to master your anxiety so that you can make a good impression at all times. Remember, you want to enhance your image and in this respect, learning how to take deep breaths and remain composed will go a long way.

9. Not sitting on your chair squarely

Some people have the habit of sitting on the edge of their chair. This is a sure sign of discomfort. Given a chance, the person would rather not be at that venue; at least this is the message that is passed across. When you find a seat, sit squarely and comfortably. Lean back and make yourself firm. This further enhances your confidence.

10. Tapping your finger or foot

Impatience and boredom are the messages that are sent out when you tap your finger and foot. It can also be an indicator of stress. This habit is highly conspicuous, and you want to avoid the negativity that it’s associated with. Practice resting your arms and legs and be aware of your body and feelings at all times.

Conclusion

Remember, a picture paints a thousand words and your body language is not far behind. Whether positive or negative, your body language can and will express thoughts and feelings way before your mouth ever will. Staying mindful of your body language in important situations is a very powerful attribute to have and is definitely worth practicing.

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.


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