In poker, a "tell" is the life and death of a good hand. It's the way you look, the way you act; it's what "tells" the other players that your hand will clean them out or make them rich. Understanding someone's poker face is important to dating, too, since there's always one thing you can depend on: Everyone has a tell.
1. Do a posture check. Posture is the easiest tell to spot. If your date is slouched in a chair, he or she may be a little too relaxed. This could be an indication of many things: boredom and disinterest; a bad back; borderline narcolepsy; one too many beers (or something else); or just plain old bad posture. On the other hand, tense, rigid posture can reflect uptightness, anxiety or perhaps a little too much concern over who's picking up the dinner check. The secret: Show your confidence by standing tall and straight without looking like a toy soldier.
2. Harness that nervous energy. Waving one's hands or rubbing them together often during a conversation may be a sign of nervousness -- which is understandable on a first date. However, a lot of knuckle popping, nail biting, and hand wringing may be signs that your date is either totally distracted or consumed with anxiety.
3. Check facial expressions. A furrowed brow and a frown obviously raise alarm -- and usually mean you've got to do something quick before your date makes a fast escape. It's much harder to read more subtle facial expressions. Frequent eye contact, a relaxed expression, and attentiveness to what you are saying usually mean your date is definitely interested.
4. Watch the hands. A combination of extreme facial expressions and hand movements is bad news, at least for me. I appreciate passionate...