Double Arm Hug Body Language
Hugging one’s self is a defensive and closed body position. The arms will hug the body tightly in a full embrace. Those that habitually cross their arms are usually not aware that they are sending a bad message to others. However, arm crossing is a universally defensive posture so it is important to be aware of its use.
Partial Arm Cross Body Language
This is a typically female posture and happens by reaching across the body to grab the opposite elbow. The other hand is left dangling to the side. A variation of this posture happens by reaching across the body and grabbing the opposite shoulder. While the double arm huge is a defensive postures, the partial arm cross is a subtle posture that indicates fear, timidity, shyness and lack of self confidence. Both are barrier type postures which protect the core of the body like a shield. It signals to others that we don’t wish for them to come close. The origins of the partial arm cross likely stems from the comfort felt by a child who’s hand was held or who’s shoulder was grasped by a parent. The posture feels natural and comfortable when in fearful situations because it reminds us of the sensation of being hugged and protected by someone else.