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Basic Bodily Clues

Living is all about moving and replicating. All living creatures, beasts and beings instinctively and unconsciously strive to survive and replicate/reproduce by competing, cooperating, sharing and comprising. It involves different types of physical movements, maneuvers, responses and defenses. All creatures follow some very basic physical movements and maneuvers irrespective of their species, physical features, body size,
habitat, social structure and complexity.
 
There are very few basic bodily and behavioral patterns which have been further diversified and transformed into various reflexes, emotional expressions, postures, giveaways, gestures, responses and feedback in complex and large creatures including us. If you pay close attention then you would wonder to find that all these patterns are quite logical, geometrical and consistent in nature.
 
While reading each pattern, please keep in mind the opposite side of the pattern i. e. 'verses' (vs.) is or can be against to what has been described for/as the former one e. g. Closing is opposite to Distancing. Sequence of patterns have been arranged in descending length of description.

1) Forwarding vs. Withdrawing: Forwarding, extending, orienting or protruding any body part or the whole body towards somebody or something has to do with aiming, accepting, attaching, venturing, exploring, probing, surrendering, mingling, drawing attention, offering, warning, threatening, demanding, leading, directing and  attempting to touch, offer, exchange, relate, bond, support, nourish, nurture or cooperate.
 
2) Closing vs. Distancing: Coming close, moving close, reducing distance or closing gap with something or somebody has to do with harboring interest/curiosity, liking, agreeing, accepting, attacking, lacking fear, threatening, trusting, evaluating, examining, enjoying, experiencing, sensing and providing refuge, shelter, affection, intimacy, nourishment, nurturing, resources, support or safety.
 
3) Fixating vs. Fleeting: Focusing attention on something or somebody has to do with aiming, liking, showing interest, harboring curiosity about and concentrating entire energy and attention over a great amount of time for learning about, understanding, examining, measuring or analyzing to obtain, earn, win, control, chase, pursue, capture, hunt, seize, attack and rule it.
 
4) Raising vs. Lowering: Raising, standing (tall) or gaining height has to do with showing strength, demanding, declining, denying, provoking, challenging, risking, rebelling, resolving, braving, leading, opposing, uprising, increasing visibility, range, reach, territory or superiority and providing cover, shelter, support or safety to minors, subordinates or helpless.
 
5) Attaching vs. Detaching: Attaching, clasping, tethering, touching or tying with somebody or something has to do with accepting, bonding, confirming, enjoying, sharing, seeking, sucking, consuming, transferring, exchanging, extracting, earning and providing shelter, refuge, affection, nourishment, nurturing, resources, support or safety.
 
6) Shrinking vs. Spreading: Shrinking, contracting, collapsing or downsizing has to do with deteriorating, weakening, decaying, controlling, averting, diverting, concealing, disliking, distrusting, retreating, refusing, loosing, denying, defending and protecting in the face of danger, risk, threat, challenge, calamity, superior, larger or dominant entity.

7) Moving vs. Stalling: Moving has to do with asserting existence, traveling, acting upon, working, playing, performing, struggling, attracting, chasing, pursuing, competing, catching, hunting, losing patience/interest, and defending oneself in the face of danger, risk, threat, challenge, calamity, superior, larger or dominant entity.
 
8) Gathering vs. Dispersing: Gathering, coming close or bringing together to form a group has to do with protecting each other, strategizing, celebrating and initiating or attempting to achieve cooperation, agreement, unity, strength, safety, superiority, prosperity, solidarity, peace, harmony, intimacy, friendship and dominance.
 
9) Startling vs. Settling: Startling, shaking or moving abruptly has to do with experiencing an shock, stir, disturbance and disruption caused due to (sudden) exposure to, confrontation or contact with unexpected, unlikable, unpleasant, undesired, untimely, unwanted, uncontrolled or inexperienced stimulus or sensation.

10) Hiding vs. Exposing: Hiding has to do with resting, mustering energy, avoiding, isolating, waiting, stalking, ambushing, planning, strategizing, sheltering, covering, securing, healing, defending and protecting in the face of danger, risk, threat, challenge, calamity, superior, larger or dominant entity.
 
11) Tightening vs. Relaxing: Tightening any body part or the whole body has to do with enduring, resolving, expressing anger or hostility and initiating or preparing to lift, carry, drag, pull, push, attack, strike, punish, avenge, fight, hunt, invade, penetrate, control or conquer.
 
12) Seizing vs. Releasing: Seizing, grabbing or clutching somebody and something has to do with seeking support/security, feeling insecure, controlling, exploiting, capitalizing, hurting, punishing, shearing, dominating, suppressing, subjugating and asserting ownership.
 
Let it be a painting, a statue, a creature, a human, a casual social interaction between two persons or a serious encounter, if you start analyzing or examining cluster of postures, gestures, expressions, giveaways, responses and feedback only in the given context on the basis of aforementioned patterns then you would easily overcome ambiguity, uncertainty, obscurity and confusion while arriving on firm conclusions.
 
12 patterns are quite logical, geometrical and consistent.
Possibly, you can create your own mental, paper or digital checklist with both sides of aforementioned patterns plotted in two different columns and put check-marks and/or cross-marks under them. Perhaps, this whole check-list can be or would be turned into a computerized tool.

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