Anybody a student of body language?

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    Anybody a student of body language?

    Had an interesting experience lately and can't figure this one out. I was in a large social gathering and met a person I had known from previous encounters. She did something that struck me as rather odd. When we shook hands she lowered her body, looked up at me and smiled. I carried on a conversation with her, but was taken aback by her action. Is it just me or was that odd? Insight would be helpful.

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    Not so much a student, but I'm pretty observant.


    How much taller than her are you? How many other people where around and in what kind of proximity were they.

    Also, what is her ethnic background?

    Lowered body as in leaned over a little, or like squatted down a little?

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    Did she bend at the knees or the waist?
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    Was she trying to curtsy? Did you offer your hand perpendicular to the ground or parallel?
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    Sounds like a curtsey perhaps. Not so uncommon in some cultures.

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but, I believe that she wants to marry you and bear your children......run!
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    She's a young woman born and raised in the U.S.A. She hails from Florida. My arm and hand were parallel to the ground. It was a combination of knees and waist. Retsupt99, I hope you're joking.

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    I am 5'10 and she is about 5'5, 5'6 at most.

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    I'd blame the mint juleps this time of year!


    Did you see her other hand? Fix a sock or swat a bug?

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    Maybe she thought you were the pope?

    Nah, this stuff is common. It is common for people to nod or otherwise lower something when meeting as a sign of respect. My girl friend was a ballet dancer when she was young and she occasionally stands in ballet poses out of old habits.
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    Google up curtsey... or check this out:

    curtsey before the Queen

    It was probably a flirtatious joke. Unless you are royalty. I guess it worked 'cus you're still thinking about it.

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    No here. Except sometimes I can be a royal pain in the... nevermind.

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    Did you have on a Smartcarry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but, I believe that she wants to marry you and bear your children......run!
    HARDEHARRHARR! THAT WORE A GOODER!
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    You were squeezing her hand too hard.

    Want my serious answer?

    Lowering herself down and either breaking eye contact or stooping (display of subjugation) coupled with a warm, friendly, sincere, and shy smile is usually always an indicative sign of inner vulnerability, submission, and respect.
    She probably really likes you but, may lack some self-confidence or is not normally very outgoing.
    She was also probably slightly uncomfortable in that environment but, attempting to be more outgoing than she really is.
    If you like her then ask her out to a nice quiet dinner.
    I'll bet she says "Yes."
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