Use This Body Language Cheat Sheet To Decode Common Non-Verbal Cues

Body language accounts for most of how we communicate, and so it's helpful to know what certain cues can mean to gain a better understanding of what people are telling you. Here's a helpful infographic from blogger/illustrator Yumi Sakugawa that can teach you the basics in just a minute.

The image covers your standard cues, such as eye positions that indicate lies, standing positions indicate interest, the difference between a fake and a genuine smile, and much more. If you want to learn more about non-verbal cues, check out our guide to uncovering the truth by reading body language.

Here's the full graphic (click to expand or right-click to save):

How to Decode Body Language [Secrets from the Yumiverse]


    For most of these, I'd like to append "UNLESS he/she is Autistic" All of these are mechanisms that an autistic person might use to focus attention on you and be certain that he is making himself very clear and accurate.
    Yes for Neuro-typicals (the rest of us) these "tells" are quite accurate. But be careful how you apply this sort of baseline amateur body psychology.

    Applying this kind of thing is the art of factor evaluation. None of these things are absolute guides - even with neuro-typical people, a person who shifts eyes may just be distracted by something shiny. People who look down while telling a story may just be shy - etc. You have to evaluate these kind of crib sheets against the full scope of circumstance and other available information and then remember that you're still just making an educated guess.

      * at best, an educated guess.

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