Short Guide for Body Language by Haim Toledano

Not many people know this, but 80% of our communication is conveyed by the world’s most ancient language – body language.

This language cannot lie, and it often reflects words that aren’t spoken. There’s a lot you can learn about a person, even if you don’t speak the same language and don’t understand a single word one another is saying. On the other hand, there are some gestures that are incorrectly interpreted as a “sign”. Sometimes certain body language is due to a person’s habits or they may be the result of a completely different reason dependant on the person’s circumstances. Therefore, not every person who touches their nose is necessarily lying. There’s a good chance they might just have a cold.

Haim Toledano, body language expert, personal and organizational consultant and group facilitator for the past ten years, presents a short guide for the world’s most ancient language – body language.


Crossing your hands may sometimes be interpreted as being defensive, uninterested or irritable, but on the other hand, it is important to remember that the person may just be cold, and is crossing their hands to warm themselves.


Touching your ears or your nose usually indicates doubt. Touching your ears or your nose during a conversation may indicate a lie, pressure or an emotional trigger, but it can also imply that the person simply has a cold, for example.


Hand locked on mouth – When someone uses their hand to hide their mouth, it usually indicates an attempt to hide an unwanted facial expression, anxiety, fear of what is being said or making a mistake. On the other hand, it could also simply be an attempt to hide a belch, hiccup, sneeze or yawn.


Breaking eye contact – When someone looks you in the eye, it’s considered trustworthy and honest body language, but what does it mean when they shift their eye contact, constantly? According to Haim Toledano ,”We receive a subconscious message that makes us think that person is tricking us. The truth is that shifting your eyes to the right side up indicates remembering something, while shifting your eyes to the left side up indicates visual construction, i.e. inventing a visual lie”.


Restlessness when sitting, such as shaking, stiff muscles and so forth are interpreted as being nervous, uncomfortable or anxious. Nevertheless, restlessness may also signify a need to go to the restroom or great excitement.


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