Our bodies have a language of their own. And even the way we walk with our partners can reveal the secrets of our relationship.
We communicate substantially through our bodies and even the smallest of gestures can reveal a lot more than our words ever could. Non-verbal communication, in fact, plays an important role in understanding the context of communication.
For example, the way we smile can show happiness or sarcasm depending on the movement of our lips. The way we hug someone can reveal the level of intimacy we share with them, so on and so forth. The essential thing to note is that even when we do not intend to, our bodies (gestures, movements, pose, etc.) keep communicating with the outside world. And if you pay close attention, they can reveal some incredible insights.
Like the examples presented above, the way we walk with our partners also reveals the kind of dynamics we share with them. And here's how some of them can be understood better.
If this is how you walk with your partner then there's unmatched equality in your relationship. Both of you complement each other in thoughts, views, and opinions. According to Terri Orbuch, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, and author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great, who spoke to Women's Health, “This isn’t something all couples do. Touch symbolizes intimacy, emotional closeness and happiness in a relationship.”
You are equals in the relationship but you also respect each other's individuality. Walking like this reflects a strong degree of compatibility. You, as a couple, do not seek to dominate each other and value each other's space too. It is one of the strongest forms of relationships one can be in.
If you observe closely, this is also the way close friends walk together. If you, as a couple, walk like this then there's a friendliness between you that cannot be matched. The physical closeness reflects the emotional closeness you share with each other and signifies the bond of ever-lasting friendship. Re-iterating the above, Orbuch says, “They’re trying to be more physically close to you by drawing you into them.”
It is a relationship where you are comfortable sharing almost all aspects of your life without the fear of being judged, and this is what makes your relationship truly beautiful.
If this is how you walk together then it reflects a kind of protectiveness towards you from your partner. Your partner quite literally has your back and it implies that they support you unconditionally and even unconsciously.
“Some people think this is a power move, where the person placing the hand is showing they have more status and power in the relationship,” Orbuch says. “But it can also be a sign of caring, comfort, and emotional closeness. You’re reaching out to that person and symbolically helping them up or into a room in a positive way.”
This relationship shows that the very thought of losing you can be disturbing for your partner and they would rather hold you close every time they can. Cherish this bond as it reflects togetherness of heart.
Walking ahead while holding your hand reflects that your partner is willing to lead the way. While this may seem like a form of dominance, it can also be seen as your partner's way of ensuring they tackle the problems in life first.
If you face a problem, your partner would be there to guide you, help you, and show you a way out. And since your hands are held, they would like you to do so together.
Sometimes, however, it may reflect a partner's inclination towards dominance but that happens often in many relationships. It does not have to be a bad thing as many couples do find an equilibrium in the relationship and dominance oscillates between them.
This way of walking can reflect a disconnect in your relationship. Here, one of the partners clearly assumes that they need to lead the way and that the other is supposed to follow. According to Orbuch, “One person going ahead says they’re in a rush, I wish you were going faster, and you’re not as important to me as whatever I’m moving toward right now.”
It reflects an unequal relationship that is not healthy in the long-term and you may have to talk about your relationship in case the emotional gap between you two grows even further.