Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers All body language must be considered in context but if you've set your scene and established your characters a little body language can help! Anger Distress Anger is one expression of fight-or-flight mode an automatic instinctive reaction to a threat In many cases there is an underlying fear of being harmed Thanks to autonomic nervous system arousal the heart rate increases pupils dilate and the face may flush Other signs of anger Men in particular have a tendency to stroke or rub the nape of the neck when they're upset It acts as a self-soothing gesture to deal with a pain in the neck Crossed arms arms act like a protective barrier Self-hugging- arms are crossed hands gripping upper arms One-arm cross one arm crosses the body to hold or touch the other arm women keep a hand on a purse or bag strap to make this look more natural Clutching a purse briefcase or bag with both arms Adjusting cuffs or cuff-links men's version of the purse-strap grab Folding the hands together in front of the crotch men Balling the fists Crossing the arms tightly Clenching the fists once arms are crossed Tight-lipped smile Clenched teeth Shaking a finger like a club Stabbing a finger at someone - - Attraction Pupils dilate - Women will cross and uncross legs to - draw attention to them Mirroring usually unconsciously mimicking the other person's body anguage Lying Lying causes a subtle tingling in the face and neck so the gestures below are attempts to eliminate that feeling Closed to Conversation - Covering the mouth can be like a shh Keeping the hands in the pockets esp men gesture or they may cover the mouth completely some people try to cover it by coughing Touching or rubbing the nose or just below the nose often a quick small gesture not a scratch Rubbing the eyes especially men Scratching the neck with the index finger Arms and legs crossed Sitting back - Folding the hands together on a table creates a barrier - The figure-four leg cross setting the ankle of one leg on the knee of the other and then grabbing the lower half of the top leg with both hands Superiority Confidence Power Dominance Steepling the fingers aka setting the - Folding the hands behind the back Opennesss and Honesty Exposure of the palms Arms and legs unfolded Leaning forward tips of the fingers together Thumbs sticking out from pockets when hands are in pockets can be front or back pockets Submissive Signals - Smiling that's why some people smile - Hands on hips Straddling a chair when they're upset or afraid - Slumping the shoulders - Doing anything to appear smaller Hands folded behind the head while sitting up in men in women this thrusts the breasts out and becomes sexual THE FICTION WRITERS GUIDE PSYCHOLOGY © Archetypewriting com-Got psychologywriting questions? Visit The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology May be reproduced freely for personal and educational purposes only lunarmoment theinformationdump Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers As described by Selnick’s article Author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” PDF link fiction writers can use to dress their characters Because I realize all my characters do is look at each other and have their eyebrows shoot up Sometimes they even lower their eyebrows too! Meme

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