Body Language Observation Data Page


1. Eyes  
  The amount of eye contact  making considerable eye contact
 not much eye contact (friendship, involvement – reserved, convergence)
  Where is the look directed?  Up
 down
 sideways
  Focus of the look  at people
 at objects
 into space
  Special  frequent blinking
 momentarily closing the eyes
 pupils dilated / contracted
2. Facial expressions  
  Are these positive or negative?  smiles
 tightening lips
 frowning with the eyebrows  raising the eyebrows   other
  Changes of expression  frequent change of expression
 a lot of different expressions
 few
 the expression is frozen or unchanging
3. Head  
  Feedback and listening  swinging the head while listening
 making expressions of encouragement 
 the rate of head movements, fast / slow, a lot / a little
Chin: gathered inwards
 thrust outwards 
4. Bodily movements  
  Open / closed  movements and positioning are primarily closed
 movements and position are primarily open 
  High or low involvement  many movements
 little movement
 lots of motion 
  Compatibility  the movement is appropriate to the contextual issue
 out of context 
 contradicts the content
  Hands  intertwined in front, with a  high / medium / low level of entwinement 
 clasping each other + tightly
 loosely
 moving away from the body
 moving close to the body, elbows locked
 behind body
 palms visible
 palms not visible
 palms hidden (in pockets, behind the back)
  Legs  crossed
 not crossed
  simply outstretched 
 ankles locked
5. Posture  
  The body   is upright and relaxed
 is upright and stiff 
 is stooping and indrawn
 bent over and sloppy
 leans backwards during conversation
 leans forward during conversation
 leans sideways
6. Closeness and direction  
  The movement  tends to move closer
 tends to create distance
 sits head-on (opposition)
 sitting sideways (partially facing) 
7. Touching  
  Which part of the body touches itself the most?

  When, in the context of the verbal matter, does the touching take place?  
  Are other individuals touched? Where and when?

  Pay special attention to areas of the face that are concealed, and which are touched: eyes, nose, mouth…   
8. Physical appearance  
  Is he / she  attractive in appearance, neat, hygienic
 sloppy, unattractive
9. Timing and synchronization  
  Do the speakers integrate nicely into what the other person is saying?  
  Did they interrupt each other, or were their breaks in the sequence of the conversation and silences?  
  What was the reason for interference in sequence?  disagreement,
 conflicts of opinions
 tension and nervousness
 lack of openness
 Other
10. Speech  
  Speech disorders   linguistic errors
 coughing
 clearing the throat
 laughter
 using the mouth for something else (smoking, sucking, chewing, drinking, etc.)
  Rate of speech   fast
 slow
 too fast
  too slow 
  Strength of the voice   loud
 shouting 
 weak and low
 low and powerful
 strong and clear
  Tone of the voice   musical
 rough 
 smooth
 shrill
 other 
11. Additional data  
  Territorial:  expansive
 shrinking
 invasive
  Movements:  round
 direct, cutting
 small 
 large
 emphatic
  Special signs:  barricading
 weapon 
 threatening finger
 stroking oneself
 signs of courtship
 barrier  thumbs protruding / folded
 cleaning, sweeping
 playing games with objects
 creating a barrier with objects
  Signs of deception  hiding the mouth
 cleaning “crumbs” from the corners of the mouth,
 shifting gaze
 trembling movements
  Signs of stress:  muscular tics
 licking the lips
 swallowing saliva
 biting the lip
 pupils contract
 clasping the fingers
12. Concluding assessment  

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