This morning a reader emailed the following article to me: This is What the Position of Your Legs While Sitting Reveals About You.
“Is it true?” she asked.
The article features the following image and presents an analysis of each way of sitting.
The author claims that Position A reveals “this person thinks that neglecting their problems will make the problems go away” while Position B is a dreamer who has a “vivid imagination”. The person sitting in Position C is very picky “when it comes to choosing clothes, shoes, perfumes, or furniture” and the person in Position D has “a hard time accepting criticism because they consider it to be a personal attack and they will immediately start defending themselves.”
People who sit like the woman in Position E:
“Are never in a hurry and they believe that everything will come at the right time. They’re stubborn and persistent and never give up until they achieve their goal. To them, their outer appearance is crucial and they’re ready to invest a lot of effort to look as better as possible. However, this could be a sign of insecurity and lack of self-confidence. They also have a hard time accepting criticism.”
You might find yourself looking at these poses and thinking, “I sit like that! And that analysis sounds just like me!”
The analyses in this article read like a kind of horoscope for sitting positions. Just like horoscopes, they are general and can apply to everyone (although they can be interpreted as specific and personalized). This phenomenon has been studied for some time and is known as the Forer effect (or the Barnum effect).
We’ve taken a look at body language in a previous article and what I said there applies here too. There is no standardized or universal meaning in our body movements. Body language interpretations are generalizations. Of course, our nonverbal actions carry meaning and we are receptive to body language but there is no magical formula for understanding it. Every act has numerous potential meanings and causes which are open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
So, is it true?
Well, no. This theory doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
Thanks to Debbie R. for the tip-off.