Emotional Body Language
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With careful observation, emotions may be detected from non-verbal signs.
Remember that these are indicators and not certain guarantees. Contextual clues
may also be used, in particular what is being said to the person or what else is
happening around then.
Anger occurs when
achievement of goals are
Fear, anxiety and nervousness
Fear occurs when basic
needs are threatened. There are
many levels of fear, from mild anxiety to blind terror. The many bodily changes
caused by fear make it easy to detect.
- A 'cold sweat'.
- Pale face.
- Dry mouth, which may be indicated by licking lips, drinking water, rubbing
- Not looking at the other person.
- Damp eyes.
- Trembling lip.
- Varying speech tone.
- Speech errors.
- Voice tremors.
- Visible high pulse (noticeable on the neck or movement of crossed leg.
- Tension in muscles: clenched hands or arms, elbows drawn in to the side,
jerky movements, legs wrapped around things.
- Gasping and holding breath.
- Defensive body language, including
crossed arms and legs and generally drawing in of limbs.
- Ready body language (for
- Other symptoms of
Sadness is the opposite
of happiness and indicates a depressive state.
- Drooping of the body.
- Trembling lip.
- Flat speech tone.
Embarrassment may be caused by
guilt or transgression of
- Neck and/ or face is red or flushed.
- Looking down or away from others. Not looking them in the eye.
- Grimacing, false smile, changing the topic or otherwise trying to cover up
Surprise occurs when things occur that were not expected.
- Raised eyebrows.
- Widening of eyes.
- Open mouth.
- Sudden backward movement.
Happiness occurs when
needs are met.