Reading people by observing subtle mannerisms
April 29, 2008 8:47 AM Subscribe
Help me read people better. What are some ways that you can locate certain personality types or backgrounds based on body language and interaction with the environment?
posted by sixcolors to Human Relations (31 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Many of my friends and even some of my relatives are ahead of me on this. When we meet new people or observe strangers out in public, they can tell if someone's a virgin vs. promiscuous, straight vs. gay, upper middle class vs. working class, nice vs. asshole, local vs. from X state/city, etc.
The thing is that I don't think my friends go by obvious things such as clothing or hairstyle. I think those things are taken into consideration, but not the only things. I'm usually told it's "the way they move" or how they react to things and people around them.