It is common knowledge among those who study human behavior that moods and feelings can be read in body language. There are certain postures and movements that mean very specific things almost universally across all cultures. I read Allan Pease’s book, and I’ve come up with my own (attempt) at behavioral theories:
When people sense something they are averse to, they tend to touch the organ that perceived it. From many behavioral studies, this has been proven, but there’s more to it. The reason they are moved to tug on their ear when they hear something they’re averse to (an incorrect chord at a live performance) or why they rub the area around their mouth (upon hearing words they’re uncomfortable about/unprepared for) is because they feel an itch that needs to be scratched. Because their body language has been so constant through their life (for the most part), they have developed a conditioning for the production of a reason to complete that body movement–an itch.
When reacting to something with body language, it’s completely unconscious. An itch on a part of the body corresponds to the body language about to be displayed. I’ve found this is true most of the time. (80%). This may seem strange, but try to be mindful of why you move the way you do. And when you find yourself in a interesting situation, observe why you move your body in the way you do. But please… don’t go crazy with it.
So what do you think? Anyone know of any studies on this?