The hands are in the pockets and the thumbs are visible.
Sovereignty and Self-confidence The person has a high status.
“I know that I am good.”
Sexuality The person is looking for a partner.
“Look at my genitals.”
The visible thumbs indicate dominance and sovereignty, no matter if the hand disappears in your pocket or holds the lapel. This gesture is a common sign that someone feels comfortable. It may also indicate low status, if the thumb disappears in the pocket. Gestures showing a low status should be to be avoided – especially by persons in executive positions.
Categories arms/hands, easy, dominant
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.