What Your Body Language Says about Your Relationship
The body language between two people is often a great way to determine the status of the relationship. Often times, you do not have to wonder if your significant other is still “in” to you. You simply have to analyze his or her body language for a few days to determine where the relationship is headed. For married couples, certain body language can symbolize a troubled marriage. For those who are only dating, this can mean that the relationship is headed toward the end of the road. Regardless of what the status of the relationship is, your body language can say tons about your relationship. The following are signs to look for in a troubled relationship.
- Lack of intimacy. While the lack of intimacy is sometimes the results of a stressful and busy lifestyle, it is also the first signs that a relationship is in trouble. If you suspect that your relationship may be going sour, think back to the level of intimacy that you had when times in the relationship were at their best. How has the intimacy level changed? If sexual intimacy has dramatically reduced, or is nonexistent, you may have a problem.
- Avoiding touching at all costs. Major problems in the relationship can be revealed if you and/or your significant other refuse to touch each other at all. Those who are in love or interested in each other will make simple little gestures such as holding hands and finding other ways to be affectionate. Are you avoiding your spouse at all cost? If so, your body language is revealing the truth about your relationship.
- Refusing to make eye contact. Eye contact is an important part of any effective communication. Unfortunately, this is often the first sign that something may be wrong in the relationship. If your spouse refuses to make eye contact with you, this could signal that there is a problem. Don’t automatically assume that this proves that he or she is guilty about something. Try to discover the root of the problem before you start pointing fingers.
The cues listed above are examples of body language that may signal that your relationship is in trouble. Just as there are cues that point to your relationship going downhill, there are also many signs that a relationship is happy and healthy. Cuddling, holding hands, making eye contact, finding little ways to touch each other, and going the extra mile to find times of intimacy are all bodily cues that speak well for your relationship. What category do you fall in to? Is your relationship going downhill fast? Pay closer attention to what your body language says about your relationship. Make sure your body language is saying what you want it to say about the status of your relationship. After all, other people are watching.