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Continued: How to understand body language

  • Article by: WILLIAM HAGEMAN , Chicago Tribune
  • Last update: February 6, 2013 - 5:46 PM
“Posturing is definitely important, but use of space and proximity and even angle will make a difference how your message is received,” she says.

Mimicking: When you talk to someone who copies your body position and gestures, it generally means she is engaged in what you’re saying. It’s also a good way to show your interest, Kontney says.

“In a conversation, if the person leans forward, you lean forward. If the person crosses their legs, you cross your legs. If they have their arms at their side, you put your arms at your side. Don’t do it right away, and don’t be obvious. ... It’s a natural thing that occurs when you have good communication and body language.”

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