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10 Body Language Blunders

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It doesn’t even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don’t even know they’re making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them.

1. A Closed Body


Whether sitting or standing, your body should be loose and open. Do not cross your arms. Do not cross your legs. While you may think it conveys a sense of ease, studies have shown that a people read a closed body differently: they subconsciously think you have something to hide.

What’s more, you’re missing a golden opportunity to send a positive signal. In keeping your body open and your arms spread a little more widely than your torso, you offer your counterpart a “mock hug”. You don’t want to actually hug them (that could be mistake #11!), but this visual cue of a hug antecedent sends the right signal.

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