The ‘figure four leg’ lock – note the leg forms the 4 shape with hands locking it in.

The ‘figure four leg’ lock – note the leg forms the 4 shape with hands locking it in.

This body position occurs as one leg is bent, oriented horizontally and pulled over the opposite knee, to form the number four. It is more or less an open posture and should be taken as a mild version of the crotch display since the genitals are not fully exposed. It has been referred to as the gentleman’s version of the crotch display. Women aren’t normally seen in this posture, but since pants have become more popular, it does tend to happen more often lately than it has in the recent past. The figure four tells us that a person is relaxed, youthful and dominant.

The figure four seating position can be close off entirely by placing one or both hands on the shine so as to lock the leg in place – “the figure four leg lock.” This posture indicates that someone is extremely stubborn, opinionated, and will most reject opinions of others. The figure four hand lock is stronger as a signal if it is accompanied by negative facial expressions, scowls, or frowns.

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