Our shoulders are often overlooked, but are far more expressive than we realize.
When confident our
shoulders are back and squared off, when depressed or even anxious we tend to
drop our shoulder downward and even hunch them forward. We may raise them to
indicate we don't know, roll them to flirt, shimmy them when dancing, raise one
when hesitant, straighten them when showing respect.
Although the face tends to
get most of the focus when it comes to reading body language, don't overlook
all of the messages that the shoulders are sending you. When people might be
trying to mask what their face is revealing, the shoulders just might be
leaking a message you want to hear.