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.
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