Reading body language of biting lips

Reading body language: Biting the lip can be seen as strange behavior from some while others may see this as a sign or signal of discomfort.


Anytime that you are reading body language there are some assumptions that are being made as to what the nonverbal communication aspect is. Of course there is the possibility of being wrong. There is no definite action of anything that can 100% be correct when it comes to reading the language of the body. This is true for understanding and interpreting seduction, lies, nervousness or even being truthful.


Reading body language signs and signals in real life

So you are having a conversation with a significant other and after you ask the question of him or her you notice that they bite their lip. Now in the back of your mind you think back and ask yourself “what does it mean when someone bites their lip”? You begin to panic because it may mean that there is some lie going on, but what if you are wrong about reading his or her body language. You react in the wrong way and it creates some problems.


Reading body language expert Scott Sylvan Bell explains biting lips
Reading body language of biting the lower lip

So just what does biting a lip mean, is it good or is it a bad action?


Biting the lip can mean a few things when being read by others:

  •           Lying by the person or even withholding information
  •           Nervousness or a habit
  •           Anger or frustration
  •           Thinking
  •           Flirting


Now all of these examples of reading the body language of biting the lip can be absolutely wrong and it may have the possibility of meaning nothing at all and the meaning can be different for men or women.


Biting the lip and lying

Starting with lying the action of biting a lip can be a sign or signal that the person with this action is being inaccurate and telling a lie. The biting of the lip could also be a way to hold the information internally by locking the lips down enough so that talking cannot be done. Sometimes the bite can happen before the lie and sometimes it can happen after the lie. It may even mean that the person is fabricating or embellishing a story or statement. A person biting their lip does not always mean that they are showing definite signs or signals of lies.


Biting the lip and nervousness or as a habit

Another explanation of a person biting their lip is that they can be nervous and it is nothing more than a nervous tick and a comfortable action that they use to mask discomfort in a situation. In some instances this type of body language can be read as a lie. If read into too much the meaning will become distorted, there are some people who use this as a go to nonverbal action after saying something and it means absolutely nothing.

When using base lining a person who uses this body language action of a normal interaction it would be seen that this is more of a comfort action than anything diabolical.


Biting the lip and anger

In the action or reaction of anger some people will bit their lip to keep themselves from saying something that they do not want to say. This is a control issue and there are times where whatever words are being thought of are better off left unsaid. Sometimes this can be the reaction of seething anger of someone who is beyond furious.There are also times where people who are frustrated will bite their lip as a sign of their impatience.



 Biting the lip in thought

Some people will bite their lip while they are thinking and this nonverbal action is harmless. If read wrong someone may see this as a “sure tell” that the person is lying. When read wrong this can create some real problems. This is similar to someone who uses this action like someone who is nervous. In most instances this can be seen more along the lines of uncertainty if a question is asked while looking for facts.


Biting the lip and flirting

In some instances some people will bite their lip when flirting now this is not just an action that a woman would use, sometimes a man could do
this also. This would be done to draw attention to the person.


Reading body language expert Scott Sylvan Bell explains women biting their lips
Reading body language of women biting their lips

As like any other body language reading it is important to take the time to understand the situation that is going on before reading what people are doing nonverbally.

Many times body language reading requires you to understand that your interpretations are just a glimpse into what may be happening and there is no definite action that means the same thing 100% of the time especially when it comes to the differences between men and women. Remember that the reaction from your body language will be read by the other person and they can be right or wrong also.


To become a body language expert requires an understanding of the basics of nonverbal communication.


As always I would like to thank you in advance for your comments and or questions about the body language of biting lips.


Now go implement!


Scott Sylvan Bell – Body language expert


Lips Showing Nervous Woman by Stuart Miles,Woman Biting On Her Lip  by David Castillo Dominici :Photo credits of reading body language of biting lips