Body Language - Leg barriers gestures
Gestures : Leg barriers gestures
Standard Leg-Cross Position
- One leg is crossed neatly over the other, usually the right over the left. This is the normal crossed-leg position used by European, British, Australian and New Zealand cultures and may be used to show a nervous, reserved or defensive attitude.
- For example, people often sit like this during lectures or if they are on uncomfortable chairs for long periods.
- When the crossed legs gesture is combined with crossed arms, the person has withdrawn from the conversation.
The American Figure 4 Leg Lock Position
- This leg cross indicates that an argumentative or competitive attitude exists. It is the sitting position used by many American males who have a competitive nature. This being the case, it is difficult to interpret the attitude of an American during a conversation, but it is quite obvious when this gesture is used by a British citizen.
- The person who has a hard and fast attitude in an argument or debate will often lock the figure 4 into place with one or both hands, using them as a clamp. This is a sign of the tough-minded, stubborn individual who may need a special approach to break through his resistance.
Standing Leg Cross Gestures
The Ankle-Lock Gesture
- Male Version of Ankle Lock - is often combined with clenched fists resting on the knees or with the hands tightly gripping the arms of the chair.
- Femal Version of Ankle Lock - varies slightly the knees are held together, the feet may be to one side and the hands rest side by side or one on top of the other resting on the upper legs.