A man starts to preen his feathers when he sees a woman he likes. He may straighten his tie and smooth his hair to look more attractive. However, this gesture doesn't always mean the same. A man can also use it to give himself a confidence boost if he feels unsure.
People who stand in front of the audience or in the company of strangers often use hand barrier. An evident two hands barrier is too obvious, so everybody can see you feel uncomfortable. A more subtle version of it (one hand, hugging yourself), is less noticeable. This gesture helps us to feel like in childhood, when parents kept our hand.
Crossed arms show negative or self-defensive attitude to what’s going on. In addition, thumbs up display superiority. Arrogant and contemptuous people often use this gesture.
When a person crosses his arms and legs, he moves away from the conversation. If your interlocutor is in this position, there is no sense in convincing him. In business environment you can see that people in a similar pose speak shorter sentences, reject more offers and remember less details of the meeting than those who are in an open position.
If somebody not only crosses their hands on the chest, but even makes fists, it is an obvious sign of hostile attitude. You can also notice a blush and clenched teeth. Be careful! You should expect a verbal or physical attack!
You can see this posture when someone disagrees with you or his/her attitude is negative. A lot of people claim they cross their hands just because it is more convenient or this gesture is just a habit. But you should know that every gesture is comfortable only when it reflects the mood. If a person is critical, he's nervous or tries to protect himself, then this position is comfortable for him.
This posture is a signal that your listener wants to finish your meeting or talk. An indicative sign is leaning the body forward while the arms lie on the knees or keep the sideways of a chair.
This gesture expresses excellence, confidence and power. It is used by state leaders, policemen, school principals and many of those who occupy high positions. A person demonstrates vulnerable parts of his body, such as heart, groin, throat and stomach, subconsciously showing his fearlessness.