The person crosses the legs while the rest of the body is tense and/or the arms are folded.
Defense and Protection The person feels insecure.
“I feel backed into a corner.”
If a person suddenly crosses his/her legs or wraps them around a chair, the person feels uncomfortable. This closed posture shows the need for protection and support. This pose is often accompanied by the hands pressing on his/her knees or holding on to a chair. Give the person something in his/her hand or put them in motion, so that they can relax.
Categories legs/feet, uneasy
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.