I've been practicing my DISC observation/analysis skills since the ECC in Sydney a few days ago, and I've hit a couple of common body language behaviours I can't quite "place" in the top/bottom/left/right ranges. I was hoping someone might have some useful ideas
First, a fairly easy one: hands on hips. Feels to me like an assertive behaviour, a kind of a "big" gesture. Does anyone have any other interpretation? To clarify, this isn't someone putting their hands on their hips and pouting or huffing, it's just a casual "this is where I choose to rest my hands at the moment" movement.
Secondly: folded arms. Again, not in a forceful way, just "this is where I'm resting my arms". I can make an argument to myself that this could sit in any of "top" ("I'm asserting my dominance"), "bottom" ("I'm making some space for myself"), or "left" ("People: not my thing"). The only thing I'm confident it *isn't* is "I'm a people person". Does this just mean that folded arms is just a poor indicator, and I should focus on other behaviours?
Finally, hands in pockets. I lean towards it being a "bottom" behaviour, but I'm a raging high-D and I often put my hands in my pockets, so I'm not as confident about my diagnosis (although I don't often put my hands in my pockets while I'm talking -- I fidget, and love to have something in my hands to manipulate, like a pen).
If it makes a difference, I was observing these behaviours at a kids birthday party (watching the parents interact with each other in casual conversation).