The Way You’re Currently Sitting Reveals Everything About Your Personality

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Many of us spend the majority of our days sitting. There are a lot of jobs nowadays that require us to sit at desks all day long.

Even if your job doesn’t require you to spend a lot of time behind a desk, there’s a good chance that you spend a lot of time sitting on the couch, at the kitchen table, or in a comfy arm chair.

While sitting for too long can have some adverse side effects on our health and well-being (be sure to stand or walk for 10 to 20 minutes every hour!), there’s something about sitting that few people realize…

The way you sit actually says a lot about your personality!

Do you most often sit cross-legged? Or what if you always cross your ankles? How about those who prefer sitting on the floor?

Scroll down to learn what different sitting positions say about your personality — then please SHARE!

Your Sitting Position Says A Lot About Your Personality

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Although you may not realize it, the way you’re sitting right now says everything about your mood and personality.

Some sitting positions may give off an aggressive vibe, while others show people that you’re feeling insecure or shy.

Do you think you know what your sitting position says about you? Keep reading to learn more!

Sitting Position #1: Cross-Legged

sitting cross-legged
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Sitting cross-legged on the floor indicates that you feel open and carefree.

The pose, with your knees spread to the side, shows that you are physically open to new ideas.

The flexibility it takes to sit this way indicates that you’re emotionally flexible, as well.

Sitting Position #2: Straight, With Good Posture

sitting erect
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As you might guess, sitting perfectly erect means that you’re confident.

If this is your typical posture while sitting, it means you’re a strong and reliable person, and everyone turns to you when they need help or comfort.

But even though you’ve got all your ducks in a row, you still know how to have fun and enjoy the little things in life.

Sitting Position #3: Reclined

leaning backwards
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Did you know that leaning back on your arms can indicate that you’re analytical?

Leaning back allows you to observe a situation without acting on it. It means you like to take in what you’re seeing, but you’re careful before getting involved.

It also indicates that you’re a considerate person, often very aware of other people’s feelings and emotions.

Sitting Position #4: Ankles Crossed

crossing ankles
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Crossing your ankles means you are refined and elegant, but open and down-to-earth.

As it is a relatively relaxed position, crossed ankles with slightly open legs shows that you feel comfortable.

If you sit with your ankles crossed, it’s very regal and queen-like, so you’ll make everyone around you feel confident as well.

Sitting Position #5: Clutching Armrests

using armrests
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If you tend to sit stiffly and use the armrests, it means you are sensitive and always aware of your surroundings.

Armrests steady you, both physically and emotionally. They also provide comfort and security.

Using your armrests often means you are a stable, grounded person, whose friends and family often depend on you as their emotional touchstone.

Sitting Position #6: Arms Crossed

crossing your arms
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Crossing your arms is often a signal of strength, defensiveness, and confidence.

It can also mean you feel protective, as you are literally protecting your body from the world using your arms.

People who often cross their arms are usually thoughtful and serious and are naturally very analytical.

Sitting Position #7: Sidesaddle

sitting with your knees to the side
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Sitting with your knees to the side often indicates you’re a delicate, caring person with a natural sweetness.

This position can also mean you’re feeling a little flirtatious!

If your knees and chest point toward your potential partner, you’re showing that you’re open and available.

Sitting Position #8: Hands Resting In Lap

hands in lap
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If you keep your hands still in your lap, it can indicate that you’re shy and thoughtful.

Keeping your hands still can also make you seem calm and collected.

You’re humble and unassuming, and you’re very sensitive to other people’s feelings. You’re an incredible, compassionate, and gentle person.

Sitting Position #9: Kneeling

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Because kneeling isn’t an easy position, it generally means you’re feeling assertive and helpful.

Often, people who spend a lot of time kneeling are parents and grandparents playing with their children.

You’re a natural leader, quick on your toes, and very good at problem-solving.

Sitting Position #10: Dead Center

sitting in the center of a bench
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Sitting right down in the center of a bench, couch, or table means you’re totally confident.

Tentative people worry about where to sit, but confident people sit wherever they want, without thinking about it twice.

You’re bold and friendly, and you make friends very easily.

Sitting Position #11: Legs Crossed And Bouncing

bouncing your knee
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If you often cross, then bounce or shake your legs, it means you’re an organized and timely person.

You always deliver on your promises, and you always keep a calm head about you — even in moments of chaos.

You’re also incredibly detail-oriented. Because of this, you can read people very easily, and you’re always there for friends in need.

Sitting Position #12: Hands Folded In Lap

crossing your wrists
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People who sit with their hands politely folded in their laps are often calm, peaceful, and kind.

You probably wouldn’t consider yourself a social butterfly, but you’re a wonderful conversationalist and a very loyal friend.

You’re a watchful and soft-spoken soul. When you speak, it’s listened to and respected.

Sitting Position #13: Hands Clasped In Lap

clasping your hands in your lap
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If you often find your hands clasped tightly in your lap, it most likely means you’re a passionate and emotional person.

You have a hard time containing your passion for life and, because of this, people are naturally drawn to you.

You’re warm and sweet, and you love to make people laugh and feel good.

How Do You Sit?

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How are you sitting right now? Does it indicate the way you’re feeling? Let us know in the comments below!

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