Body language can almost always be interpreted in more than one way. Following are 3 gestures, with advice for reading them from a team of experts in nonverbal communication.
It Could Mean: She's trying to be funny.
But It Might Mean: She is frustrated, doesn't like you, or doesn't respect you.
What the Experts Say: "Eye rolling is one of the nonverbal signs that is pretty much always aggressive," says executive coach Steve Watts. He recommends politely confronting the eye-roller, asking, "Do you disagree?" to get negative feelings out in the open.
It Could Mean: She's concentrating on what you're saying, or she's smitten with you.
But It Might Mean: She's being rude and aggressive.
What the Experts Say: Eye contact rarely lasts longer than three seconds before one or both people experience a powerful urge to glance away, says Givens. If the starer is making you feel uncomfortable, look away briefly to give her the hint.
Avoiding Eye Contact