The Ultimate Body Language Guide

Aggressive Body Language Guide

There is a compelling cluster of body movements that is used to signal aggression.

This can actually be quite useful as it is not a smart idea to get into a fight. Fighting can seriously injure both people involved. Fighting is often socially unacceptable amongst adults and aggression through words and body language is all that usually happens.


Facial signals

It’s surprising as to how much aggression can be shown in the face. From disapproving frowns and pursed lips to sneers and full snarls. The eyes can be used to stare and hold the glare. They may also squint, preventing the other person seeing where you are looking.

Attack signals

When somebody is going to attack, they usually give visual signals like clenching their fists ready to strike and lowering and spreading their body for stability. They are also likely to give aggressive facial signals like mentioned above.

Exposing oneself

another form of aggression is exposing yourself to attack. It is basically saying ‘Go on – I dare you. I will still beat you.’ It can include avoiding eye contact with the other person, crotch displays, relaxing the body and turning away etc.


Invading the space of the other person in some way is an act of aggression. It is a sign of disrespect.

False friendship

Invasion is often done under the cloak of of familiarity, where you act as if you are being friendly and move into a space reserved for friends  without being invited. This gives the other person a dilemma of whether to repel a ‘friendly’ advance or to accept dominance of the other.


When the comfort zone of others is invaded without permission, aggression and disrespect is displayed. The closer you get, the greater your ability to have the first strike, from which an opponent may not recover.


Touching the person is another form of invasion. Even touching social touch zones such as arm and back can be aggressive.

Interested in learning everything there is to know about body language? Check out this complete body language guide.


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