13. Handshake with a palm facing the ceiling
A palm on top of someone else’s hand suggests a person has a sympathetic feeling. But this is only true if it is done instantly by a person. Nevertheless, if you’ve been keeping the handshake for a while now and only then does the other person put their hand on top, this may be a sign they want to tell you who’s in control here.
14. Handshake with a palm facing the floor
If you hold somebody’s hand from below, you’d like to tell them you’re willing to help.
15. Handshake with a touch
People sometimes use their free hands to reach others. We could touch the other person’s forearm, elbow, or back. Such an invasion of private space means that there is no communication between a person. The closer the torso touch, the more business the person needs.
16. Fixing the tie
This gesture’s meaning depends on the situation. If a man does this in the vicinity of a woman who looks good, it probably means he likes her. This gesture, however, may also mean that a person does not feel comfortable. Maybe he’s cheating or just going wherever he’s right now.
17. Collecting hairs that aren’t there
This is a gesture of the so-called displacement. It is often used by people to say they disagree with something, but they don’t want to say it. They don’t express their opinion clearly, in other words, but they certainly disagree with something.
18. Putting feet on the desk
Such a gesture can convey many things: bad manners, arrogance, attempting to show who the boss is, or even taking care of their own wellbeing. Psychologists agree that you should not rest like this anywhere but at home if you feel comfortable in this place.
Illustrated by Anna Syrovatkina