While your sitting style can vary based on your surroundings and particular mood, a person’s plopping patterns can say a lot about his or her personality. Even if you don’t realize it, you are probably getting signals from the body language of those around you. In the same way, your own body language is an important factor in the way others read you. Poor body language can make you seem dishonest or uninterested, even if your words make you seem friendly and open. Your posture is part of your body language, which allows it to reveal a lot about who you are and what you’re thinking.
If you keep your knees together but turn your toes inward when you sit, you are most likely creative and charismatic. At times, you can be a little childish. You might forget to think before your speak, but in general, others see you as a happy person. You have a tendency to avoid problems in your life, but the good news is you’re far from boring.
When you cross one leg over the other you’re making yourself smaller while physically tucking your bottom leg out of sight, which signals insecurity, according to Glass. And of course confident people don’t shrink away like that — they spread out like they own the place.
That said, like most rules of body language, there are situational exceptions: Crossing your legs toward someone can be a bold statement that says you’re into the person you’re cozying up to. Crossing away from someone, however, can send the message that you’re checked out.