Thursday, June 29, 2023

BodyLanguage Analysis №4702: A Crucial Human-to-Human and Cross-Species Signal of Affection - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence


A common SINCERE body language signal of human-to-human affection is the act of touching one’s forehead, temple, or periocular region to one or more of those same locations on the other person.


Although it’s not a required component for this display, when the eyes (eyelids) are closed — it’s an affection-amplifier.


This affectionate nonverbal display behavior is also true within much of the animal world.



It’s also a pattern of behavior that persists cross-species.


SUMMARY: Touching one’s forehead, temple, or periocular region to one or more of those same areas on the other person is a common and reliable sign of sincere affection.

Persistent lack of this behavior — and not bending one’s neck to reciprocate, are red flags.


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This post and others accompanying it, serve as a reference source for the art and science of Body Language/Nonverbal Communication. The views and opinions expressed on this website are those of the author. In an effort to be both practical and academic, many examples from/of varied cultures, politicians, professional athletes, legal cases, public figures, etc., are cited in order to teach and illustrate both the interpretation of others’ body language as well as the projection of one’s own nonverbal skills in many different contexts.