The way you sit says a lot about your personality

Our body language can betray or reveal certain aspects of our personality. According to some scientists, the way we sit can tell a lot about us.

Without even realising it, we communicate through our gestures, our facial expressions, the way we walk and... sit. Whether deliberate or natural, our body language can reveal our personality, and the way you hold your legs when seated can reveal something of your state of mind to the person or people you are talking to.

What crossing your legs says about your personality

If you cross your legs, you are a person who lacks confidence! This is what Dr Lilian Glass reveals in The Body Language Advantage, a book described as ‘the secret weapon for understanding non-verbal communication’. Crossing your legs would therefore be an almost instinctive way of protecting yourself from potential aggression.

What sitting with your legs straight says about your personality

On the other hand, if you sit up straight in front of the person you are talking to, with your legs straight and your back straight, this is a sign of confidence. If you keep this position during a job interview, it could work in your favour.

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What sitting cross-legged on the floor says about your personality

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Of course, there are many ways to sit and we won't list all the ways you can sit in a chair or on the floor. But according to Dr Lillian Glass, one position can be very revealing: if you naturally sit cross-legged when you're on the floor, it can be a sign of agility, openness and carefreeness.

What sitting with your legs to the side says about your personality

Similarly, if you sit with your legs to the side and your knees towards the person you are talking to, it may indicate a desire to flirt with the person in front of you. To learn more about non-verbal communication, we highly recommend the Ted Talk below.

This article was translated from Gentside FR.

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