Fake body language signals may be good or bad, depending on what a person is trying to achieve by them.
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There are always occasions when we use fake words and/or body language. It may be due to politeness, to please the other person, or to gain something from the other person. Even though pretension if used to achieve a positive outcome cannot be said to be wrong, identifying the fake body signals helps us to understand the real intentions of people.
A smile can be replaced with words. In other words, people are not expected to or required to give a smile. For example, when you meet a person in a professional scenario, you do not necessarily need to smile. Greeting them politely and with warmth suffices. Therefore, smile becomes an additional signal to communicate happiness.
A forced smile, if identified by the other person as forced, does more harm than good. It immediately tells the other person that you are not being genuine. Therefore, it is better to reserve smiles for occasions where you actually feel inclined to smile.
You may replace a smile with kind words and other gestures. In a scenario where you want to express friendliness or welcome the other person, if a smile does not come naturally to you, use appreciation, politeness, and a slight touch on the arm to exhibit friendliness. Instead of using a forced smile, it is best to use gestures that come naturally to you.
Wandering of Eyes
You can judge the interest of a person in your conversation by how much or how little eye contact they are making with you. Even if a person is using encouraging words when conversing with you, but his/her eyes are wandering, you can be sure that the person is faking interest.
Normally, when we are interested in a person or a subject, our eyes remain focused on it. That is because our mind is concentrating wholly on that thing to gain the most information it can from it. It is only when we do not find something worth concentrating on that our mind begins to move to other things to find something of interest.
The Way of Standing
When a person is interested in a conversation, s/he stands facing the other person. On the other hand, if a person wants to end a conversation, s/he will begin to turn away from the other person. Even if a person is faking interest in a conversation, the direction in which her/his body is pointing can tell you what s/he is really feeling.
Touching of Nose, Ear
A person that is lying may often touch his nose or ear. Even though this gesture may be a sign of nervousness, you can consider the circumstances to determine the reason for that gesture. For example, if a person is in a familiar surrounding and in a comfortable situation, s/he cannot be nervous. If the person still keeps bringing her/his hand up to touch his nose, ear or the nape of his neck, then s/he may be lying.
To correctly conclude whether a person is faking expressions, you must observe various signals and not depend on one or two. If you find that multiple signals point to the same conclusion, then you can be sure of your deductions.
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