The person holds an object between himself/herself and the other.
Defense and Protection The person feels insecure.
“I would prefer a little more distance between us.”
or Shyness The person feels uncomfortable.
“Take it easy, I need time to assess the situation.”
The object acts as a barrier. It may be a briefcase, a chair, a laptop or a coffee cup. Sometimes a situation arises such that an object is in the way, but nobody put it there on purpose. Remove the obstacle in the way to create a more personal setting.
Categories body, uneasy,
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.