The hand strokes the chin.
Insecurity The person needs time to consider the facts. He/she does not want to respond immediately.
“Let me think about this…”
or Stress The person is agitated and soothes himself/herself with this mechanical movement.
“This is too much!”
Evaluation The person thinks about the situation/decision.
“I am about to decide.”
The intensity of the strike makes a difference. Repeated strokes with heavy pressure indicate stress; soft strokes show insecurity. Possibly, the person is faced with a decision and tries make out the right answer.
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.