Amy used to be a bubbly girl with don’t care attitude and whatever-comes-I-can-face character. She used to speak anything straight to others face and didn’t have the habit of regretting later. People called her an extrovert, sometimes I have had heard a few calling her eccentric but I remember always assuming her as a cool dude with no strings attached. When observing her hand gestures, most of the time I have found her hands spreading wide and eyes sparkling! I have always noticed the so called loose body language whenever she speaks in a gathering too. So, do your hand gestures indicate your personality type? Do you think that just by the movement of your hands, you will be able to judge a person’s mentality?
Human psychology is the toughest thing to learn in this world as it deals with reading others mind in a particular situation. Also, it does not actually depend on a person’s words but also his actions, gestures, facial expressions, retinal movement of eyes and so on. So, in a way gestures and personality type are interwoven with each other. The reflex created from the brain directly affects the hands and other facial muscles as a result of which you will find hands shivering when nervous and uncontrollable when angry. So you will need you have a great control over your hand gestures in order to improve communication and achieve greatness.
On a wider range, any person will fall into one of these two categories – introverted and extroverted personality. Before diving into this, let us understand the basics about these personality types. An introvert usually shies away from telling what is going on in his or her mind whereas an extrovert tries to make the surroundings lively through open talks and lot of energy. A person like Amy (about whom we discussed in the start) will have free movement of hands and nodding of heads. An introvert shies away from moving his hands and usually tries to keep it very close to oneself. Their hands usually won’t stretch beyond some inches. That’s the reason you will find a nervous speaker keeping his or hand by their side and will never try to elevate to good heights. Does anyone like an introvert? Certainly not! Now, after becoming aware of the hand gestures affecting your personality, try to spread out your hands and show yourself lively.
The importance of effective hand gestures can very well be seen during oral presentation. People will be frustrated to see a person just speaking with folded hands or hands at the back without any motion. There are lots of gestures to be used when addressing a crowd like the emphatic, descriptive, locative or transitional gestures. In emphatic gesture, you will try to insist on a point by bringing your forearm towards one side of the body. Descriptive gestures are used when you want to describe things by drawing shape of an object in air or similar kind of gestures. Locative, as the name suggests, is just showing somewhere by raising your index finger somewhere. And transitional, of course, is a point wise description shown by counting by fingers one by one after delivering a point.
Apart from these, there are different personality types that are indicated by hand gestures. By theory, there are around sixteen personality types of which you will be able to figure out at least half by the way they move their hands. For instance, a thinker usually places the index finger on the forehead whereas an executive used to maintain a balanced and stern hand movement. Through hand gestures you can also arrive at the mentality of a person. When a person is tensed, you will find an irregular movement in their hands and a balanced person will have measured movement of hands.
Did I tell you that I met Amy recently at a restaurant with a dull face? She was having her hands on the bowed head. This time when she was speaking she didn’t raise her hands above shoulder. I was really surprised to see her speaking in that manner and when enquired about the sudden change she replied, “Love failure!”