Tips on Decoding Body Language

Learning how to decode the body language of the person next to you can be confusing. Are they flirting? Angry? Someone to watch out for? How do you tell? This article will help teach you how to decode body language so you can really know what that person is saying to you.



When someone is interested in romance, they smile a lot and look into the persons eyes intently. They will lean close, stand nearby, and often touch the person with innocent gestures, such as placing a hand on their arm. There will also be short looks from across the room, followed by a quick drop of the eyes for being caught looking. The tone of voice also changes, softens and becomes intimate.


A stiff stance and arms crossed over the chest are good signs that the person is angry. Also look for balled up fists, tapping feet, and letting out rushes of air. Frowning, short tones, and a muscle twitching in their jaw are also evidence the person is upset.


Lairs pause a lot when they talk to you and their eyes do not keep contact with yours for very long.

Liars look to the left just before lying, a sign that they are creating, not remembering. People who are trying to recall something look to the right.

Liars add details to make it believable but most overdo it. Listen. You’ll be able to pick out the parts that do not make sense. Ask them about it and watch their eyes go left to make up the answer.


With thieves, the clue is mostly in their eyes. Even during a normal conversation, they are quick to mention money, ask the value of items, and their eyes never stop sweeping the immediate area, judging the price vs the ease with which the item can be stolen. This is called ‘casing’.

Thieves like to touch things. Why? Because that way they have legally put down their fingerprints and in front of you, no less. After the break-in, they will be excused from the investigation.


These are the physical things to look for:

*Needle marks, 

*Blood marks, 

*Bruises between the fingers

*Deep set, sunken in eyes.

A Heavy addict have trouble controlling themselves unless they are ‘high’. The rest of the time only the next fix or hit matters and until they get it, they are restless, jumpy, moody, and have trouble with simple coordination, making them clumsy. They also talk faster, in a hurry to get through the pleasantries to the buzz. 


Many of these symptoms are experienced by people who are not drug users. Be careful not to accuse someone without proof.

Decoding body language can be confusing but here’s a few more ways to understand what someone says with their body:

*Twirling hair and tapping fingers or feet is a sign of boredom.

*Shifty eyes are a sign of guilt.

*Short, jerky movements are a sign of anger or frustration.