Body Language Expert Rates Tiger Woods’s Moves

Tiger Woods

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updated 04/05/2010 AT 4:40 PM ET

originally published 04/05/2010 AT 4:55 PM ET

Fear, stress, joy, confidence and, finally, exhaustion.

That’s what Tiger Woods exhibited at his first press conference, says Atlanta-based body language expert Patti Wood, author of Success Signals: Understanding Body Language, based on these moves:

• Taking off his hat and wiping his head with his elbow as he entered the room:
“Any signal like that is to get rid of bad feelings, bad thoughts or bad emotions. It was also defensive toward the journalists. He was afraid of what was going to happen.”

• Tone of voice when he first spoke:
“His voice went very high which showed his enormous stress. His eyes were very wide, too, which shows stress.”

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