The person crosses his/her arms and blocks the chest and stomach.
Distance and Defense The person has a distant attitude towards a person or situation.
“You can’t expect me to believe that.”
Restraint The person listens to the matter, but is not yet ready to act.
“We’ll see how things develop.”
We protect our bodies from danger by building a shield. This self-hug soothes and prevents us from acting rash. If hands or fists are clenched, they reinforce the defensive meaning.
Caution: Crossed arms are not always a defensive reaction. Depending on the situation, they can be relaxing or caused by cold. If the hands are eased, it is only a ‘soft barrier’. If the hands are tense, it shows the greater displeasure.
Categories body, uneasy,
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.