Steepling of the hands equals confidence..... OR DOES IT???
You will quite often hear that when an individual steeples his or her fingers they are feeling confident. Usually, this is a male gesture (although, you may have witnessed many a female, ie Hillary Clinton, use this signal. But does it always mean supreme confidence? Well, the next time you are involved in or witness an interaction between two individuals note, firstly, the height of the steeple - there seems to be an unspoken rule that forces the subordinate in a conversation to lower his or her steeple. If you begin a conversation with your hands steepled, make sure you do not lower your steeple. In addition, watch the level of your conversants steeple to get an idea of their confidence level. Does it rise, fall or maintain during your conversation? Secondly, when a person goes from confident to nervous, they might unconsciously move the steeple up to their mouth and nose - this is a sure sign of nervousness.