Dominant body language explained is similar to aggressive body language but at a lower emotional level. Have you ever wondered why some people make you feel inferior, or how some people are able to communicate so effectively, often without uttering a word? In those situations and so many more, the people with the power have learned how to read body language to their advantage, from landing that sweet job to the perfect partner.
The ultimate goal of the dominator is to use body language to exert power over another, but not necessarily in an aggressive way, more so in an authoritative way. A person demonstrating dominant body language will often try to make their body appear bigger then what it really is, especially men.
Often times they will cross their arms with their hands under their biceps in an attempt to bulk out more to give the impression of a larger appearance. Men and women will hold their hands on their hips with elbows out wide while standing chest out and chin up. You will see many mothers in this position when disciplining their children.
A great example of the dominator exerting male body language on another, is a detective over a suspect in an interrogation room. In interrogation rooms, you will often see the detective standing making the suspect sit to give them a dominating height advantage over the suspect, in an attempt to intimidate the suspect. The detective may roam the room, much like marking territory, designating exactly where the suspect is to sit, walking around or coming up behind the suspect, leaning over the suspects shoulder talking rather then just sitting at the table with the suspect.
By invading the personal space of the suspect they make the suspect feel uncomfortable. with the added height and being talked down to, the detective achieves a dominant stance as well as dominance over the territory. The detective makes a point to make sure the suspect knows they are in the “detectives” territory and working from the “detectives” rules. Social norms such as cussing and name-calling go out the window in the detectives attempt to dominate the situation. They will dominate the suspect in other fashions as well, such as having a folder in front of them, leaving the suspect to wonder what type of evidence the detective actually has against them.
Tape recorders, although used in the line of any interrogation, is also another way to non-verbally use body language to dominant another by leaving the suspect knowing that anything they say is being recorded. You will also see a detective use facial expressions to taunt, control, and dominate the situation. It can be in the form of stare downs, rolling of eyes every time the suspect says something, yawning, squinting at the suspect while holding a stare, as well as smirking at the suspects responses.
Understanding body language explained will put you at a social advantage over everyone in your life.