The pacifier gesture and the lies

The pacifier gesture and the lies


We have seen it happen all too often in recent times: those poor people on the stock exchange who put their hands on their faces, a gesture that unequivocally means what we all mean on the fly.

We recognize it as a gesture that, even though we are not brokers, has sometimes happened to us. When we are scared, stressed, pained. There is a reason why we make that precise gesture and not another.

Experts call it “pacifier gesture”. It is roughly like when we were small and we calmed down and find comfort in the pacifier, when we are more than grown up we use this gesture to communicate to ourselves before others a feeling of defense from the world, of “rescuing” in front of what upsets us . It is as if, alone, we give ourselves a consoling hug in front of the pain.

However, researchers have noticed that it is not a common gesture for the whole world, however widespread it is. In addition, women tend to cover their faces with their hands more than men. A variation just a little reduced by the same gesture? Cover your mouth with your fingertips. Familiar gestures, right?

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There is also another theory about hands in the face and it has to do with the people who happen who tells lies

How can you tell if someone is lying?

Recognizing the gestures of those who deceive can become one of the most important skills that can be learned. What are the signs that unmask the liars? The positions of the hands on the face are also considered to be the basis of human gestures used to deceive others. In other words, when we see, say or listen to a lie, we frequently try to hide our eyes, mouth or ears with our hands. When someone makes the gesture of putting their hand on their face it does not always mean that they are lying, but it does indicate that people can deceive us.

The observation of other gestures can confirm the suspicion. It is important to avoid interpreting hand gestures on the face individually.

Hand in front of the mouth: what is the meaning according to psychology?

The main meaning of taking the hand in front of the mouth is related to a lie. It is indeed a decidedly childish gesture which, however, when repeated by an adult, allows a certain falsity to emerge.

If someone brings his hand to his mouth while talking or immediately after he has finished speaking, he is unconsciously “covering” his own lie: it is as if his unconscious considered in a negative way the words that have just been expressed.

If, on the other hand, your interlocutor brings his hand in front of his mouth while you are talking, it can be an expression of the fact that he believes you are lying to him, or in any case he is in a state of strong disagreement with what you are expressing at that moment.

In short, bringing the hand in front of the mouth while talking or listening implies the presence of a lie, called or suffered.

19 thoughts on “The pacifier gesture and the lies

  1. Cari Storey says:

    Our body manages to communicate, even unconsciously, precise emotions and attitudes. A real language to be discovered.

  2. Reilly Lowe says:

    Before talking of the different meanings, do know that according to the greatest nonverbal communication expert, the American psychologist Albert Mehrabian, only 7% of what we communicate – especially in a one-to-one relationship – goes through the contents, 38% arrives to our interlocutors through non-verbal communication, that is through the way we use the voice (intonation, speed, modulation, pauses …), while as much as 55% passes through all the body language, through which, that is, our whole body is able to express with gestures and so on.

  3. Mayur Miles says:

    So, if this is the case, one’s must assume that first impressions, therefore, would be determined especially by the way we present ourselves and the way we say things rather than the verbal content itself.

  4. Mikey Harrison says:

    100 correct to what ……. just stated, and this is my opinion not the one from a scientist of any kind

  5. Darnell Cooley says:

    Would non-verbal communication therefore represent the best means to grasp the real message that in some cases is not expressed?

  6. Bronwen Fellows says:

    Very likely yes, but watch out for bluffs. Yes because expert fraudsters are most probably also aware of this and use it in the arsenal of weapon against humble people like us.

  7. Ava Macleod says:

    By definition, body language, or non-verbal communication, is the exchange of communications between two or more people that excludes the use of words. It is, therefore, a non-spoken communication that we use more than we think.

  8. Lidia Lott says:

    Body language is in fact almost always a reaction to emotions, so it is born of the unconscious and instinct and, as such, is to be considered out of our control.

  9. Safia Ford says:

    Many expressions of the body cannot be controlled, such as blushing suddenly in the face or suddenly become pale, or even suddenly have sweaty hands due to a feeling of discomfort.

  10. Dante Carroll says:

    On the contrary there are aspects of body language that can be kept under control and this is easy especially to those who are “skilled” liars.

  11. Faizaan Tillman says:

    Beware of the pupils, which dilate when you feel pleasure and shrink, instead, in front of something unpleasant or when you are telling a lie

  12. Billie Hodges says:

    The eyebrows, on the other hand, tend to rise up both to give emphasis to a speech that is being spoken or a nod. One is raised as a sign of skepticism, while the inner corners are lowered towards the center if one gets angry or when one finds it hard to understand something

  13. Lennie Patton says:

    The best way to see eyebrows changing expressions is to watch a manga carton. They largely use these expressions to emphasize the feelings of the characters.

  14. Jagdeep Henderson says:

    If you bite your lips almost certainly you are trying to calm a sense of anxiety when you are nervous or in trouble.

  15. Kellie Harrington says:

    I have read somewhere that if our interlocutor scratches his nose repeatedly, most likely what you are saying is causing him a lot of tension

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