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    Add in two semesters of American Sign Language - so I end up talking to myself a lot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    That just sounds so wrong somehow.
    I don't think you want to see it when I'm excited.

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    I don't think I'm that gesture-enabled as a rule (and thanks for making me uncomfortable at work today, since I was self-consciously observing myself). But I find I'll do what it takes to communicate with the people around me.

    This is a weird analogy, but I realized after explaining a technical design to a coworker today that the end visible result was just squiggles with a few words on a white board. It was much like my Pictionary drawings (Remember that game? Yes, I'm over 40. Thanks for pointing that out.) I remember playing with an artist friend of mine. He was actually far slower than I was, because he would be representational and would start drawing in a way that made for a good final result. I would draw a mess, but in a way that communicated what I was drawing as I was doing it. In a way, those drawings are just gestures captured in ink.

    I think I tend to gesture and be animated when it seems to communicate to the other person, but otherwise I'm fairly still and minimal. I think I also tend to mimic the style of the person I'm communicating with to some degree, but only in the moment.

    Sorry to be a little long-winded, but that's the price you pay for making me awkward because I'm observing myself at work.

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    If I'm around people I don't know well, or I'm feeling socially awkward (which is pretty much all the time), I barely move at all.

    Otherwise, I do talk with my hands.

    I gesture more if I'm excited about what I'm talking about.

    I also tend to gesture more if I'm explaining something. Like my gestures will help get my point across or something...but really, it's probably just more distracting.

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    I use a ton of gestures when I talk. I believe it is because I am such a visual person and me expressing my ideas with my hands can help me see what I am talking about. Strangely, it makes me feel like I'm helping the other person understand what I am talking about by painting a picture for them with my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacey View Post
    If I'm around people I don't know well, or I'm feeling socially awkward (which is pretty much all the time), I barely move at all.
    I do that too actually...my hands are as quiet as I am when I am shy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    I would draw a mess, but in a way that communicated what I was drawing as I was doing it. In a way, those drawings are just gestures captured in ink.
    I used to draw stuff out to explain things to people also, even if it was messy and abstract. I'm more verbal now than I used to be though.
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    Yup, yup. I feel that my hands are an extension of my voice. I need them to emphasize my point. Also, I have this weird desire to scribble when I talk too, to scribble down all kinds of words, adjectives, that comes to mind. It is easier for me to keep track of what I am saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manimal View Post
    hmm yes and no, it depends how engaged in the conversation i am.
    Yes, sometimes that's me.

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    I was told my eyebrows fly all over my face. Aside from that, though, no gesticulating. I try to keep my hands quiet.

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    To the OP:

    yes

    To the point where it's dangerous to stand near me when I'm going on about something..
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