One hand holds the arm or the other hand.
Defense and Protection The person feels insecure in the situation.
“What is going to happen?”
or Self-doubt The person does not feel up to the current – socially tense – situation.
“I’m not used to that much attention.”
Holding one’s hand helps in difficult situations. It is reassuring and reminds us of childhood days, when our parents protected us. The gesture is often seen when someone enters a new group or receives an award. In this situation, the unexpected attention causes discomfort.
Categories arms/hands, uneasy, submissive,
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.