Body language can reflect a person's character, Wood has found in her research. She believes different walks can fit into the DISC personality profile: Drivers (who display dominance) walk quickly with intent and don't like to stop once they know where they're headed. Influencers often act emotionally, changing direction often. Supporters who show steadiness walk politely with their arms close to their bodies and might stop to speak with others. Cautious people, who Wood calls "correctors," walk precisely and follow foot traffic rules.
Are you speed racing, or stopping to smell the flowers? Your pace could show your state of mind, Hoppe says. "The slower the walk, the more internal dialogue, as a rule of thumb. And the more brisk the walk, the more confident the person is, the more upright and erect you become."