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Test your knowledge about body language

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 6,361 mod
edited January 2015 in Riddles and Quizzes
Are you a body language specialist?
How much do you know about body language? You can test it here and earn a real diploma! Will you succeed? http://www.lichaamstaal.com/english/quiz2.html


  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,840 mod
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    If you tell me were it went wrong @Lynne, I can give you the right answers and explain why they are right.
  • luizgemailluizgemail Posts: 84 ✭✭
    I got only 6 points. No diploma at all. :smile:
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I got 6. @Frank please award us at least a certificate on that!:)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    edited March 2015
    You can try again and again until you reach eight points @bubbli, @luizgemail, @Lynne. Only this way you can earn your diploma. In the meantime you learn something about body language. If you have a question about a certain item, feel free to ask.

    No exceptions allowed here, unfortunately @bubbli :*. E.g. if we would get our swimming diplomas for free when buying a packet of butter, probably we would drown afterwards.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Frank How can we get a diploma on 7 or 8 questions? I think there must be at least 20 to 40 questions so that margin of score gets higher. :)
  • luizgemailluizgemail Posts: 84 ✭✭
    OK @Frank thank you for your tip. I will try a little bit more :smile:
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    Okay @luizgemail. Let us know your results!
  • luizgemailluizgemail Posts: 84 ✭✭
    I got the diploma now, with a score of 8 points!
  • YosephYoseph Posts: 10
    I got 5, No diploma
  • huda.kazmihuda.kazmi Posts: 6
    I got only 4 points :(
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    @Frank, can you explain, why his hand is usually in front, when a boy and a girl walk hand in hand?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    edited April 2015
    @Tinka According to some writers it has to do with power and control. The person in charge (the man) grasps the woman's hand automatically from the front side to be able to lead her in the direction he wants. Others have the idea it has to do with length. It's easier to hold someone's hand from the front side when you are longer. I've found out that this is not always true. Therefore I've suggested another theory.

    In my idea it doesn't have to do with power/control per se, but with protection. If you hold your hand in the front position (with your palm backwards) it's more easy to pull the other person aside, or behind your back if necessary (try it out with someone, then you can feel the difference). If a man walks with his girlfriend - who might be fragile or pregnant - he can protect her from danger (such as an aggressor, an animal or an approaching car) by pulling her behind his back. If a woman walks with a child, she will automatically hold her hand in front (try it out for yourself how you would walk hand in hand with a man or a child) and this way she can protect the child.

    It still could have to do with length then. To exclude this option, I've been watching female nurses and caregivers walking at the street with mentally deranged male adults. When they crossed the road, they always grabbed the patient by the hand from the front side even if the patient was longer than they were. This way they apparently had better control and could provide better protection to the patient. Unfortunately these are just limited field studies (case studies) with too few samples to give my idea any scientifical value. Nevertheless I think It's an interesting idea to assume.
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm thinking about your comment, @Frank. Holding the hand in the front position (with the palm backwards) could be the sign of protection, and that could be also connected with the power and control. If I have the power, I can protect. So both theories could be right, according to my opinion.

    With kids I use both positions. When I would like to accept them or to encourage them, I use the back position. If I would like to protect them, I use the front position. Depending on the circumstances (if they are dangerous, the front position is more suitable, if they are safety, the back position is also good). What do you mean?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    This sounds good @Tinka. Actually there isn't a good or bad way and it isn't meant to be an advise. It's only that it fascinated me to see that almost all men hold their hands in the front position automatically and so do parents with their children. It's good to change this pattern if you want to encourage children within a save environment. This way you give them the opportunity to feel they are in charge then.
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    A couple of days ago I observed couples in the street. The majority of them didn't holding their hands at all. Half of the rest respected your rule, @Frank, other used very different ways of holding their hands. Some of them change the front and back position between man and woman, some of them were holding their hands in the parallel way with the body, so it wasn't posible to say, whose hand is in front and whose is in the back position. Some of them were touching their hands only slightly, they were touching each other with the tips of the fingers only. How can we explain such differencies?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    Nice you've made some kind of study of it @Tinka. I didn't see all the variations myself, but I know that couples can play with it. I think that's the best explanation I can give you: playing. Some young couples like to strangle their fingers. Older people sometimes prefer to walk arm linked instead of hand in hand. Age and duration of the relation might be confounding variables.There might also be cultural differences.
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    Do you have any idea, how to scientifically investigate the body language, @Frank? The natural observations is quite difficult to correlate with the underlaying reasons...
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ok so I got 9. B)
    But @Frank why raising an eyebrow isn't anger?
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    That could be a surprise, @meu. When we are surprised, we need some extra informations and our body help us. Our visual field need to be as big as possible, so we are raising the eyebrows.

    When we are angry, we need to sharpen our view and to direct it into the target, whom we are angry to. We are pushing our eyebrows a little bit down and together (we can also see a vertical line on the lower forehead between the left and the right eyebrow).
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Tinka thanks for explaining.
    I perceived it as if it is "raising one eyebrow"
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    Hi, @meu. Raising one eyebrow could mean an expression of doubtful disagreeing. For example, if the other person appears to be talking with limited accuracy, we may ask her/him: 'Are you sure?' and at the same time we may think: 'I don't believe you...'. It could be a sign of cynicism.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I usually raise my eyebrow when I disagree and I feel disgusted.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    First I got 5, then I got 7. Most conversations take place in...?
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    @Frank, where are you? We are missing an expert :)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @Frank,@Lynne,Hoorayyyyyyyyyy,I got the diploma.I got 8 number.
    They said Congratulation Saira, on 28-05-2015 you tested your knowledge of body language on the web site.www.bodylanguage,nu
    In this test you scored eight points or more.This means you are a true body language Specialist. Hereby you receive your diploma.
    I am veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy happyyyyyyyy.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,361 mod
    Congratulations @Saira!
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Saira throw a party!
    I will join you :D
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @meu thanks ,Welcome ,When you want party? :)
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Saira whenever you want!! :)
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