5 Surprising Things Your Body Language Is Telling the World

Have you ever been on a date and just gotten the vibe that the other person wasn’t into it, without exactly knowing why? It wasn’t anything that they were doing—they asked the right questions and offered to take the bill—but something was just… off. In situations like this, body language might be to blame. (Word to the wise: Next time this happens, feel free to “preen”—we’ll explain later.) Like scent, body language has the power to influence how others perceive and act around you—except most people aren’t aware of this power at all. Enter Tonya Reiman, body language expert and author of The Power of Body Language: How to Succeed in Every Business and Social Encounter. Reiman is a pro when it comes to revealing what people are really thinking and feeling based on their body language, as well as how you can use your posture and stance to your advantage. Curious (and needing any motivation we can get to ditch our perpetually slouched state), we asked Reiman to dissect what some of the most common stances—fidgeting and all—convey to the world. Let’s put it this way: We’re currently sitting very upright as we type. Keep scrolling to find out what your body language is telling the world!