12+ Psychological Tricks That Will Help You Read People Like Open Books


You have probably wondered how things would be if you could read other people’s minds. Some people use their intuition for this, but if you are not so perceptive, there is only one choice left: learning to read people’s body language.

It is a well-known fact that we get over 55% of information through nonverbal communication. Allan Pease, an Australian body language expert, wrote about this. Mimics, gestures, and other body movements can unmask a person and tell you what they really think or feel.

Bright Side invites you to pay attention to the signals that other people send to us without even realizing it.

1. Closing the eyes

If a person is talking to you and closing his or her eyes, you should know that they are trying to hide from the outside world. An important thing to remember: it doesn’t mean that the person is scared of you. On the contrary, they are trying to get rid of you because they might be tired of you. And if they close their eyes, you disappear!

2. Covering the mouth with a hand

This is a great reminder that we all had a childhood. Do you remember covering your mouth when you didn’t want to tell something? It happens in adult life too. A few fingers, a palm, or even a fist near the mouth helps us not to release the words we don’t want to say. Sometimes this gesture is disguised by fake coughing.

3. Biting the arms of their glasses

You see that a person is biting the arms of their glasses? Try to support them or cheer them up. They are definitely worried about something at a subconscious level. They are trying to feel safe like they were when their mom was breastfeeding them. By the way, a pencil, a pen, a cigarette, and even chewing gum in the mouth can indicate the same thing.

4. Presentation of the face

Generally, this gesture is used for attracting people of the opposite sex. When we put our chins on our hands, we present our faces as if we’re trying to say, “This is me. You can enjoy as much as you want.” Men should memorize this gesture to catch the moment and give a compliment at the right time.

5. Rubbing the chin

This is what people do when they are trying to make a decision. They might be looking down, up, to the side…or anywhere. They hardly even know what they are looking at because they are deep in thought.

6. Crossed arms

This is one of the most popular gestures. It is no wonder that many people feel very comfortable in this position — it helps them shut themselves off from other people. We often use this gesture when we are irritated by something. Crossed arms are a clear sign that a person is not feeling good about something.

7. Fixing the appearance

Do you agree that this position is more open? When a woman wants a man to like her, she tries to present herself in the best way possible. She straightens her back to highlight her breasts, and she can also cross her legs. Hands together and falling down are a signal of attention and huge interest in a person.

8. Leaning forward

When people like someone and want to make contact with them, they usually lean forward. In this position, the legs can be motionless, but the body moves forward intuitively.

9. Leaning back

If someone leans on the back of their chair, they show that they are tired of the conversation. Perhaps they feel uncomfortable in the presence of the other person.

10. Swinging from heels to toes

Yes, not only kids do it. This shows that a person feels anxious about something.

11. Rubbing hands

It is believed that the hands broadcast what the head is thinking. Rubbing their hands together generally means that a person has a positive feeling about something. They are hopeful. We do this when we are thinking about some benefits coming in the future.

12. “Glove” handshake

If a person takes your wrist with their free hand, they are showing that they can be trusted.


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