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Pattern

When a person moves forward, even slightly, they are sending signals.

  • Reaching forward with arms and hands, giving, grabbing or striking.
  • Pushing the head forward.
  • Thrusting the hips suggestively forward.
  • Leaning forward.
  • Stepping forward.

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Discussion

Moving forward can be an act of aggression and so signal anger, especially if it is done quickly and in concert with other aggressive signals such as an angry expression on the face. As such it is an invitation for the other person either to move away or to fight.

We all have defined personal spaces and moving forward may transition between social and intimate space, signalling a desire to be closer to the other person. Other signals will indicate the actual intent (there are many romantic signals, for example). This can be used as method of emphasis as we move closer to gain attention and create a bond through which ideas are transmitted.

See also

Aggressive body language, Romantic body language

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