RESOURCE Body Language Cues

Discussion in 'ROLEPLAY MECHANICS' started by Minibit, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Compiled here is a list of visual cues people generally give as to what mood they're feeling; use it to help yourself write body language!

    Many characters also have particular quirks that you can use, once established, to easily show what they feel. ie:
    A character who cannot lie because she giggles uncontrollably when she's nervous
    A character who reverts to a childlike vocabulary when happy
    A character who only swears when really, truly, boiling-over angry

    SOME CHARACTERS HIDE THEIR EMOTIONS
    Which can be a cue, of itself. People who hide their emotions normally tend to become nearly robotic when they have to work extra hard to hide a strong one. Faye drops contractions in her speech when she is uncomfortable ('I do not think that is all right' vs 'I don't think that's ok'). But otherwise gives no indicators. Hawkeye used graveyard humour to help himself cope with the sadness and anger of a war zone, you could tell he was REALLY upset when he stopped kidding around. Many 'cool guys/girls' tend to try even HARDER to act relaxed and at ease when they are feeling angry, frustrated, or nervous. Some characters use a 'poker face' as a protection mechanism, and will act as blank and expressionless as they can to hide sadness or fear.


    ANGER/FRUSTRATION CUES
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    Gets into personal space
    Prolonged eye contact
    Fists
    Frown
    Flushed
    Baring teeth
    Growling
    Lower eyebrows
    Narrowing eyes
    Tight jaws
    Hands on hips
    Impatient gestures (drumming fingers, tapping a finger, etc)
    Rough handling any items in hand
    Pacing/can't sit still
    Hunched over/closed posture
    Destructive fidgeting (tearing paper up, etc)
    Vocal volume change
    Harsh vocabulary
    Irrational
    Exaggerations


    SADNESS CUES
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    Avoid eye contact
    Tears
    Lowered/sloped eyebrows
    Frown
    Pursed lips
    Flushed
    hugs self/holds arms
    Crossed arms
    Crossed legs
    Seeks out comforting items
    Stomach tightens
    Bites lip
    Feel hot
    Slouching/Drooping posture (closed)
    Attempts to hide face


    EXCITEMENT/ANXIETY CUES
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    Nervous giggling/laughter
    "Butterflies in the stomach"
    Pain in the stomach/abdomen
    Stress headaches
    Nail biting
    Lip biting
    Finger drumming/tapping
    Playing with hair
    Obsessing over details
    Fidgeting
    Headaches
    Pacing/can't sit still
    Light flushing or blushing
    'bouncing' from foot to foot
    Skipping
    Talking to one's self
    Shaking
    Inability to concentrate
    Runaway imagination
    Moodiness/switching emotions quickly
    Energetic, followed by a crash


    FEAR CUES
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    Eyes widen
    Pale complexion
    Stammering/difficulty speaking fluently
    Memory loss
    Inability to concentrate/carry on a task
    "Butterfingers"
    Weakness in the knees
    Shaking
    Covering the mouth
    Avoid eye contact/looking away
    Keeps distance
    Freezing up or jolt of adrenaline
    Reduced vocabulary


    HAPPINESS CUES
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    Smiles
    Giggles/chuckling
    Light flush or blush
    Open posture
    Eye contact
    Keeps close
    Wandering imagination
    Renewed energy
    Skipping
    Bouncing
    Clapping


    Please feel free to post things to add on!
     
    #1 Minibit, Aug 29, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2014
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  2. Thanks. This is really usefull, I will definetely use them the next time I roleplay!
     
  3. Thank you show much I can reallly use this great advice
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    And a Like for you my wonderful Institute professor.