One or two hands hold on to a desk or chair.
Insecurity The person feels uncomfortable and seeks protection.
“This situation is very unfamiliar.”
We cling to objects when we seek protection. They serve as a barrier and holding on keeps our hands under control. At the same time, this gesture takes the freedom to move. This gesture should be avoided in presentations, so the speaker remains flexible.
Categories arms/hands, uneasy,
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.