body language, The 'I am in deep trouble' gesture

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why do our gestures reveal our feelings?

Some people have got troubles understanding why our gestures reflect our feelings. In order to make this as simple as possible i will tell you about few examples that you are already aware of.

1) When was the last time you were about to fight with a person then discovered that your fists were clenched?
2) When was the last time your heart kept beating fast while watching a scary movie?
3) When was the last time you found yourself sitting with a curved back after something bad happened?

As you can notice from these popular examples our bodies do reflect our feelings with very high precision but because you were only taught to notice these popular gestures your mind never attempted to make any connection between emotions and the less popular gestures.

In this article i will tell you about one of those less popular gesture which i called "The i am in deep trouble gesture".

Body language and the "I am in deep trouble" gesture

Do you remember the last time you scratched the side of your neck with one finger?
As you can see in the picture below the scratching has to happen from one side and with one finger.

Do you know when you will take that gesture?

It happens when you feel that you are in deep trouble. Lets suppose that you kept talking about a person in bad way in front of a stranger only to discover that he is his brother. At this point you might take this gesture.

Here is another example that would make that body language gesture clearer:

You invited someone to dinner and when the check arrived you discovered that you have no money to pay or that you forgot your wallet.

Here are the thoughts that pass in the mind of the person taking this gesture:

  • What did i get myself into?
  • Oh no, what did i do!
  • I am done for
  • I am in serious trouble

Why won't some people do that gesture in that same situation?

Why would a person go through that same exact situation described earlier but never take this gesture?

The one fact you must be aware of is that body language is only triggered when your emotions change. In other words, if a person was mean enough not to care about talking in a bad way about someone in front of his brother then he wont bother doing that gesture since his emotions won't change.

Our perception of the different situations aren't the same because each one of us does his own calculations. if someone felt that he is in deep trouble then there is a great possibility that he will take that body language gesture.

While culture differences affect people's gestures you can still safely assume that people will do the same gestures when they experience the same emotions in any part of the world. Culture affects our conscious gestures but our unconscious gestures are a result of the way our brain was designed.

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