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I'm a body language expert – what common hand gestures REALLY mean & how to spot a liar in seconds | The Sun
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From the 'politician's steeple' and 'tumbleweed' to the 'deceiver', many of us are guilty of making common hand gestures when we speak.
But have you ever stopped to think what they really mean?
Over 14 million Brits now communicate more with their hands than they did pre-pandemic, according to research conducted by INEOS Hygienics.
And in a bid to project enthusiasm and engagement from afar, Brits have increasingly become more theatrical and ‘handimated’, using our palms to perform and express ourselves more while speaking.
Here, body language expert Darren Stanton takes a deeper look at the gestures we are most commonly using…
Action: Middle fingertips of each hand touching together – with thumbs also touching to form a triangle shape with both hands.
Darren says that this is an authoritative position.
"Not that the person thinks they’re better than you, but it just shows they believe themselves to be an authority on the topic they’re discussing," he explains . "And there are two main elements to this gesture.
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“It’s a display of authority if their hands are together. They’re saying, ‘In my opinion, this is what needs to happen’. And they expect to be listened to."
He goes on to say that in a creative environment, it can also mean evaluation.
“Tapping whilst using the politician’s steeple means they’re considering what’s being said," he notes. "They’re essentially thinking whether there is any merit to it.
“People who work in Sales use this when they’re talking to people, as they are processing a lot of information as they speak.”
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