Want the truth? Look below the belt

Want the truth? Look below the belt

Want the truth? Look below the belt

When we were young we learnt to mask our emotions on our faces and upper bodies. It makes sense to do so, because this is where people look most of the time. We have all masked fear, anger, annoyance and disgust at some time or another.

However, our legs and feet are honest. They can’t lie – so if we want to know someones reaction to us, we should look at their legs and feet. Legs and feet betray our true emotions and reactions. Our evolution has designed our limbic system to respond and react, and if we have to flee, our feet go into action first.

Think about it – when we are interested in someone our feet are usually pointing at them, if we are in a hurry to get away, we move our feet towards the door. If we are comfortable, we cross our legs; if we are threatened we take a rigid sturdy stance.

So if someone is not being honest, they will stand further away from you, and their feet will be angled away from you (to make a quick exit). If people are being truthful, they will rise up on the balls of their feet when they speak, deceivers don’t do this, but they may sway gently on their ankles. The rocking motion is soothing and is used to diminish discomfort. A tapping foot is a sign of nerves. Finally, if someone is uncomfortable, you may notice them wiping their hands in a cleansing motion across their thighs when seated.

So, if you want to know how someone is feeling, keep an eye on their feet and legs.