Mannerisms

The following is a list of mannerisms that comes in handy while writing. 

What comes to mind when you think of mannerisms? 

Who do you see and what are they doing?

Here's the list!

• Biting fingernails
• Jiggling leg up and down
• Tapping foot
• Twirling hair
• Running fingers through hair or tucking hair behind ear. 
• Smacking gum
• Whistling
• Slurping
• Burping
• Yawning
• Glancing at watch
• Talking with a full mouth
• Potty mouth
• Eye-rolling
• Constantly apologizing
• Snapping fingers
• Cracking knuckles (cliche)
• Humming
• Stuttering
  • Apprehension: Locked ankles
  • Anticipation: Rubbing hands
  • Anger, frustration, apprehension: Hands clasped behind back
  • Boredom: Prolonged tilted head, Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly, Head resting in hand, eyes downcast
  • Confidence, superiority: Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed. Brisk, erect walk
  • Doubt, disbelief: Rubbing the eye.
  • Defensive: Arms crossed on chest.
  • Dejection: Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched.
  • Looks down, face turned away in disbelief.
  • Evaluation, thinking: Hand to cheek.
  • Impatience: Tapping or drumming fingers.
  • Interest: Quickly tilted head
  • Insecurity, nervousness: Biting nails
  • Indecision: Pulling or tugging at ear
  • Lack of self-confidence; insecurity: Patting/fondling hair
  • Negative evaluation: Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed.
  • Open, relaxed: Sitting, legs apart
  • Readiness, aggression: Standing with hands on hips
  • Rejection, doubt, lying: Touching, slightly rubbing nose
  • Opens his palm, sincere and innocent.
  • Strokes chin, tries to decide.
• Licking lips

• Sniffing
• Squinting

• Applying Chap Stick to lips

• Picking at nail polish

• Raising eyebrows as they speak

• Winking

• Pulling at bottom lip

• Pinching skin

• Rubbing hands together

• Pointing
• Rubbing eyes/chin
• Twirling a ring around finger

• Picking at facial hair—eyebrows/eye lashes/moustache

• Excessive eye blinking

• Shifts in their seat when nervous

• Cross/uncross legs

• Clicking or tapping teeth with a nail

• Shrugging

• Slapping people on the back

• Jaw clenching/jaw muscle jerking (mainly a male attribute)

• Gesturing a lot when speaking

• Slouching

• Putting their feet on a desk or table

• Toying with objects before them

• Chewing on their pencil

• Chewing bottom lip

• Speech patterns 

• Nervous cough

• Picking at teeth

• Saluting

• Constantly touching up makeup using a compact mirror

• Constantly checking cell phone for messages (text or voice)

• High pitch/low raspy voice depending on mood

• Sliding the tip of one's index fingernail up and down along the side of the thumb beside it


 • Playing with their glasses (spectacles) either pushing them up their nose or taking them off and twirling then by one of the arms.

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