“It is important to remember that body language has a sender and a receiver – therefore interpretation of any gestures can be subjective. Interpreting still images lacks the context surrounding the image therefore we can not accurately know what happened just prior to the photograph being taken, nor do we know anything about the situation. In my opinion most body language interpretations and information should be considered anecdotal, although some body language interpretations regarding deception are supported by research (such as speech illustrators). Another point is that the sender may not intend to portray a particular message; however the receiver may still unconsciously interpret the ‘message’ a certain way. In my opinion, always use body language interpretations as guidelines rather than empirically-researched and scientifically-backed facts.” – Stu Dunn
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