Have you ever caught yourself displaying a partial arm barrier? Do you know what a partial arm barrier is? Did you pay attention to the situation that caused you to display a partial arm barrier? Before I jump into partial arm barriers, let me explain why they’re important to understand.

In the previous blogs I talked about arm barriers and the reason why we use them. Arm barriers are used to protect ourselves from negative or threatening situations. Many people are conscious of the fact that a full arm cross displays the wrong attitude. Instead of displaying an arm cross, we try to be more subtle but end up using a partial arm barrier. This is the conscious mind competing with the subconscious mind.  If you can catch yourself displaying a partial arm barrier you can then work on limiting the use of them.

Women tend to be more subtle than men when displaying these types of gestures and usually like to go with one arm crossing. This type of gesture is often seen in meetings, parties, and presentations where the person is the stranger of the group.

Men tend to use what is known as “Holding-hands” with yourself. This gesture makes the man feel more secure by covering the “boys” or “jewels”. This gesture is also called the “Broken-Zipper-Position” which is from the book “The Definitive Book on Body Language” by Allan Pease.

The rich and famous tend to vary their partial arm barriers from the rest of us. Men tend to go for the cuff link adjustment when feeling uncomfortable or in a threatening environment. Others include:

  • Adjusting the watch
  • Checking wallet
  • Holding briefcase in front

Women in the higher class like to use purses or hand bags as partial barriers when feeling uncomfortable.

Video is below for the visual learners.

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