Turning the body away and closing it off is a sure sign that approach in unwelcome.

Turning the body away and closing it off is a sure sign that approach in unwelcome.

Torsos house important organs that are vital to keeping us alive. Our heart, lungs, liver, intestines and so forth are all easily accessible through a thin layer of skin, fat, muscle and sometimes ribs and a sternum although even these have spaces by which damage may be inflicted. Exposing our ventral side means that we trust we won’t be attacked.

Laying on our backs is something we usually only do our own houses because it exposes our bodies to attack and paralyzes us from defending ourselves. In a business context, people who agree with turn their bodies so they more closely face each other, even while sitting, and away from those whom they disagree with. This is called “ventral fronting”, toward “ventral denial”, away.

When people are timid they will find comfort in shielding the torso, orienting their torso away or even distancing their torso by leaning away. When distancing is not possible arms and legs will rescue by crossing to produce shields so as to reduce threatening exposure. When in conversation, people will orient their ventral side to those they trust the most and away from those they trust least. They’ll also favour those with whom they agree with most and away from people they disagree with, or have contempt for. People can be seen changing their orientation more and more over the course of a conversation as ideas diverge. Even slight disagreement can produce ventral shifts as bodies orient away from the speaker. When liking is present people are seen ventral forward sitting “at the edge of their seat” hanging onto every word. People who are bored or disinterested will be slouching or sitting low in their seats perhaps awkwardly to one side as if ready to take flight.

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