Hands Clenched Together


Hands clenched together is a typical frustration gesture. People with their hands in this position evidence a frustrated and hostiel attitude.

This gesture normally appears in four main postions: hands clenched in front of the face, hands resting on the desk, (if seated) hands resting on the lap and (if standing up) hands resting in front of the crotch.

Remember that signs come in clusters and therefore you should look for other signs of discomfort in order to make sure you are making a correct interpretation. These signs might be: nervous movements, blinking, looking away, crossed arms, stiff spine.

Reference: Allan Pease, Body Language, How to Read Other’s Thoughts by Their Gestures, Sheldon Press, 1981.


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