The European Leg Cross

The European Leg Cross

February 12, 2017

Allan Stevo

Body Language in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and other parts of Europe can be a little different than body language in North America.  Something as simple as the way a person crosses his or her legs is a small difference that is easy to notice.

The Slovak method of crossing legs, in my opinion, can make a person appear calm, confident, sophisticated, cultured.  At the same time it makes a person look more slender, less well-fed, as muscular legs are hard to cross in the same way.  Sometimes, it may even feel a little effeminate because of the gentle, slender appearance that it creates.

The book The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease points to the method of crossing legs as one distinction in body language that hearkens back to our days in the wild, as a way to give a person more of a sense of presence in a room.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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