Why Do Men Cross Their Legs (All You Need to Know)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 4 min.

The question of why men cross their legs has been debated for years. Some people believe that it is a way to show dominance or superiority, while others say it is just a habit.

The truth is that there are many different reasons why men cross their legs and they vary depending on the situation.

Some people cross their legs when they are sitting in an office chair because it helps them feel more comfortable and relaxed. Other people do it to look more important or powerful, or to distract attention from themselves.

So the answer may not be as simple as you think. This form of behavior starts as a child when boys are told to sit with their legs crossed but as boys become men they would sit with their legs crossed more often. This could be a way to show that they were comfortable and in control. Some men do it out of habit, while others do it to display dominance. Whatever the reason, it’s a common practice among men. 

We will take a look more at why men cross their legs to understand what is really going on.

Why do men cross their legs? 

The most common reason why men cross their legs is to simply get comfortable. There are also many medical reasons why men cross their legs such as to improve circulation, decrease pain, and prevent deep vein thrombosis. Additionally, the male may have learned NLP and is simply mirroring you.

So how can we tell what he is really doing when crossing his legs? Well, we first need to understand the contact around what is really going on. What is the context I hear you ask, well you’re about to find out.

Understand Context First.

A quick Google search “what is the context?” give us the answer to understanding the context. “The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood.”

The best way to read a person’s context is to pay attention to the little things. For example, how are they sitting? Is their body language open or closed off? It can also be helpful if you know the person well, so you can understand what their reactions mean. If a friend suddenly gets up and starts pacing, for example, it may be because they’re nervous about something you said.

So understanding the context of why someone is crossing their legs is important. For example, if you see a male cross his legs after a hard question is being asked this could be seen as a defence body language gesture. What he is trying to do is protect himself by crossing his leg over his groin to protect his genitals.

We also should take into consideration the environment and how it plays a part in how a man crosses his legs, so as to get a better feel for what is occurring.

Environment Plays A Part.

When we talk about the environment we need to think about where the male is an example would be in a business meeting, on the train, on a date etc. This will give us clues into why he is crossing his legs. If, for example, he’s on a date and sitting opposite someone he likes, he may cross his legs to show that he’s comfortable around them. If, on the other hand, he’s in an argument with you, he may cross his legs to defend himself or make himself seem smaller.

If you want to learn more about reading body language, then check out this article for a deeper understanding.

Top Tip.

“Anything expanding is seen as a positive body language cue”.

Where Are The Most Common Places A Man Will Cross His Legs?

So, now that we’ve learned a bit more about context and environment, let’s take a look at where we’ll see this behavior.

You will mainly see a man cross his legs when he feel comfortable around you.

The second-place you may see a man cross his legs is when he feels pressured. This is sometimes called a “pacifier” in body language talk. But remember that it’s all about the context in which you see this body language cue.

Most Benefits A Man Will Cross His Legs.

There are many benefits to crossing your legs, including:

  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced risk of DVT
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased comfort  

Should men cross their legs?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it is purely a matter of personal preference. Some men find that crossing their legs is more comfortable, while others prefer to keep their legs uncrossed. There is no correct way to sit, so do whatever is most comfortable for you.  

Why guys should not cross their legs?

There are many reasons why guys should not cross their legs, such as the need to move quickly in a bad situation or not wanting to seem too comfortable around someone.

Why do guys spread their legs when sitting down?

The answer may vary depending on the person, but one reason why some guys might spread their legs when sitting down is that it makes them feel more comfortable. It might help them relax or feel less anxious in a certain situation. Additionally, crossing your legs can help improve your posture.  

When do guys cross their legs when standing?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it could be done for any number of reasons. Some people may do it to appear more relaxed or comfortable, while others may do it to take up less space. Additionally, crossing one’s legs while standing can also make it easier to balance.  

Summary

Men tend to cross their legs as a gesture of comfort, especially when they feel comfortable or in control around someone. If you have enjoyed reading this article, then check out our other articles about crossed legs here.