Touching the nose in body language

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Touching the nose in body language

A person will touch his nose if he believed that something negative has happened.

Here is an example to make it clear:
What will happen if you were really thirsty then you opened the refrigerator only to find nothing to drink? Certainly any person would experience negative feelings in such a case. These negative feelings might be accompanied by one of the negative body language gestures such as touching the nose.

Here is another situation that could trigger negative body language. Suppose that you had an appointment for a job interview and that you were already late. What will happen if upon arriving to your car you discovered that you left the car keys at home?

Certainly that situation too will lead to negative feelings that will be accompanied by negative body language.

By understanding this negative body language gesture you will be able to perfectly communicate with people and to know more about their current state of feeling.

But why do people touch their nose?

When you get negative feelings the blood capillaries in your nose will contract and you will feel like wanting to scratch it. This results in the negative body language taken in the picture below which is touching the nose. This gesture is one of the most famous body language gestures out there because it's quite common that people face many negative situations each day.

While giving lectures about body language many people always ask me why they never noticed themselves doing this gesture before. Your subconscious mind was designed to keep the information that is relevant to you and to discard the ones that are not of use.

Previously you never knew that this was a negative body language gesture and that's why your mind always used to discard it but now that you know its importance you will never miss it.

Why touching the nose is connected to lying

Some people , who don't know much about body language, have mistakenly connected touching the nose with lying. Yes a person might touch his nose while lying but this will only happen if that person believed that lying is a bad thing.

In other words it's the fact that the person finds lying negative that leads to touching the nose and not the fact that he is lying.

The other point to consider is that if any negative thought came to the mind of the person while speaking, which is something that happens frequently to all people, then he will touch his nose while speaking. Now this doesn't mean that the person was lying at all. See also The body language of lying

Speaking vs talking

Whenever any kind of negative thought is triggered a person might feel like touching his nose. This is why the person could do it while listening to you or while speaking.

The whole point here is that touching the nose is an indication that the person found something that he considers negative.

In my book How to make someone fall in love with you i explained how you can use this negative gesture to know whether someone likes you or not. Just send a common friend to the person you like and let him mention anything about you getting married and then let him watch the response of the other person. If he did this negative gesture then he didn't like what he heard.

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