Learn Body Language: All About Fingers - Mentalist Ehud Segev (The Mentalizer) NYC
Friday , 19 October 2018
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Learn Body Language: All About Fingers

This is perhaps one of the most commonly used parts of the body when it comes to expressing yourself in a subtle manner and I am pretty sure that you are already well-aware of this.

man in suit pointing the fingerBelow are some finger body languages that you may or may have not encountered in your daily experiences.

  • Pointing: The most common finger body language gesture that everyone use on a daily basis whether it be about pointing directions, emphasizing something, or as an answer when asked by your better half as to what better bag or item to buy when you are in the mall. Basically, if you want to tell people who are far away or people who have no means to hear you that you will be going to a certain direction, you use your index finger to do so. If you want to blame your co-worker for example for something he or she flunked or messed up then you use the index finger too. Of course this is a rude gesture and you should refrain from doing so.
  • Club: If you see the index finger of someone moving in a way that appears similar to striking the other person down or clubbing down the other person then this can be interpreted as a warning the recipient of the gesture or reminding the recipient of the gesture about something. On the other hand, if it is being done with the index finger in a sideways manner and is in a slow motion then it could be interpreted as a gesture emphasizing a point or similar to pointing something as a reminder.
  • Pinch: Fingers that are pinched together are often used to hold something really small and doing this without holding any object gives the recipient the message that what they are discussing has something to do with a small object or the measurement of a certain subject. This may be done by using the index finger and or the thumb. If you have watched Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, you might remember Boromir/Sean Bean saying the famous line “One does not simply…” which has already been adapted as a meme online. The point is that gesture is an example of the pinch finger body language.

These are some of the more common finger body language that you encounter on a daily basis but do not underestimate them because these subtle gestures say a lot about what the doer is trying to tell you or his or her audience.

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