Body language is very important for us as future psychologists to understand. It is the foundation upon which we will form our ideas and perceptions about how an individual we observe behaves.

Television programmes such as “Lie to Me”, which is based upon body language and looks closely at body language and explains it thoroughly could be useful in understanding the basis of what body language is really all about.

Of course when talking about body language we have to understand that it comes in different forms and shapes. It can be used to show emotions, it could be used to fake emotions, to genuinely show something and this is done subconsciously, or body language in the form of sign language for example. I found a fun little website which allows you to clink on the links and tells you what symptoms you body language shows  – this is yet another way body language is used not necessarily by us actively.

When talking about body language we speak about the body either matching the emotions we are trying to express or not matching these emotions. As children we learn to lie in order to get what we want. We aren’t good at lying as it doesn’t come naturally to us – this is why it is so easy to determine whether children are telling the truth or not. As adults we gain more knowledge of lying and deceiving others and we become more aware of our body language. We learn to control the way our body moves when we are lying. Some of us do it better than others, of course. Looking right when talking to someone is an example of what we do when we lie about something. Looking right indicates that we seek the imagination section of the brain to work more actively. Looking away when lying is also a sign, yet staring can also show that someone isn’t telling the truth. Generally, exaggerated actions which show child-like behaviour which then indicates that someone is lying. Children exaggerate their actions by widening their eyes, moving their hands more or starring when they lie.  (

We use body language to express our emotions – those genuine and those not so genuine.