Reading body language, Hands in pocket

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Reading body language, Hands in pocket

According to body language when someone becomes unsatisfied with his self image he will put his hands in his pockets. Suppose that one day you didn’t find any clothes to wear and had to hang out with your friends wearing an old shirt that doesn’t suit you anymore.

If a stranger accompanied you in this outing then most probably you will find that your hand is in your pocket most of the time. Generally people put their hands in pocket when they are feel unsatisfied with their looks, clothes or their actions.

But why do people put their hands in their pockets?

The subconscious mind, which thinks in a primitive way, believes that putting your hands in your pockets is a good way to hide and to avoid the situation.

Putting the hands in pocket is sometimes associated with lying but beware not to consider someone a liar just because his hands is in his pocket. You need more signs in order to confirm whether someone is lying or not (For more information see how to read a liar’s body language).

The concept is the same for lying, the person feels in need to hide because he is not saying the truth but this only happens when the person thinks that lying is bad.

If someone always puts his hands in his pockets then this person might be lacking self confidence because he always feels uncomfortable around other people.

Use your mind

It makes a lot of sense to use your mind before judging people so that you don't get incorrect results. Sometimes a person might put his hands in his pocket because he feels cold.

Keep your eyes opened for the other variables involved while analyzing the body language of the people you are talking to.

Its also extremely to analyze the gesture in the context of the situation. For example if a person moved his hands inside his pockets after being asked a certain question then make sure that this new gesture was a response to this question he was just asked.

In short, use your mind in order to get accurate readings.

2knowmyself is, without doubt, the only complete guide to body language information on the entire internet. If you dare challenge this statement, then check the 2knowmyself’s body language section and you will know what I am talking about.

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