Here are some interesting facts about male body language!

1. Men and Body Language Cues

Men use different areas of their brain to read body language and often are not as good at reading body language as women.

  • Researcher Monica Moore from Webster University in St. Louis found men often miss a women’s first courtship signal. On average, women need to eye-gaze three times before a man takes notice.
  • Women might be better at reading body language because more of their brain is active when they evaluate other’s behavior. MRIs have revealed women have 14 to 16 active brain areas while evaluating others, whereas men only have four to six active.

2. Men, Women and Lying

Men and women lie differently. Their motivations for deception are different:

  • Men lie to appear more powerful, interesting, and successful. They lie about themselves eight times more than they lie about others.
  • Women lie less about themselves and more to protect others’ feelings or to make others feel better about themselves.

3. Men Like Availability Over All Else 

Which body language cue do men find the most attractive? Being available. Studies show that men are more attracted to a woman who engages in flirtatious behavior to show she is available versus the best-looking woman in the room.

  • Flirtatious behaviors:
    • Smiling
    • Having an expressive face
    • Minimal arm crossing
    • Keeping hands outside of pockets
    • Intimate eye gazing (from the eyes to the mouth to the body)
    • Leaning toward the other person

4. What is a woman’s favorite male body part?

Legs, butt, chest, or arms? The answer: The majority of women favor a man’s butt as her favorite male body part.

5. Male Attraction

Men often point their toes toward the person the are most interested in. If they are not interested in anyone, their toes usually are pointed toward the door.
About Vanessa Van Edwards

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Lead Investigator, Science of People

I'm the author of the national bestselling book Captivate, creator of People School, and behavioral investigator.

I’ve always wanted to know how people work, and that’s what Science of People is about. What drives our behavior? Why do people act the way they do? And most importantly, can you predict and change behavior to be more successful? I think the answer is yes. More about Vanessa.

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