Decoding Peter’s Body Language (aka What To Watch For)
Peter has a few “tells,” Coleman explains. “When he is attracted to a woman, he rubs his thumbs/fingers against the skin of her hands/arms. It indicates a desire to get closer and that being close to this woman feels good. He also either touches her hand lightly (connecting, but not feeling strongly/not wanting to be vulnerable), grabs her wrist or grabs her forearms (strong attraction and wanting to be close). He also interlocks fingers, which is another sign of strong attraction and a desire to be closer.”
Coleman goes on to say that there are even more messages to decode from Peter’s hands: “Another tell of Peter’s I picked up repeatedly is rubbing his hands together. When this is done quickly, as Peter did, it communicates an expectation that something good is about to happen. The faster the rubbing, the higher the excitement.” She notes that he also grabs and straightens his lapels quite frequently, which shows that he wants to look good.
But it’s not just his hands that give him away—it’s also his mouth. “Peter pulls his bottom teeth upward, biting his top lip, which is a sign that can mean either flirting or discomfort/insecurity. This is where context is everything. Biting lips is universally seen as a physical response to an emotional state (anxiety, stress),” Coleman points out.
She also notes that “Peter pulls his lips inward, making his lips a thin line, which can indicate tension, frustration or disapproval. When someone does this, they are holding their mouth closed, keeping something in.” In this instance, it’s probably how nervous he feels or his gut reaction to a Bachelor contestant.
Last but not least, Coleman noticed that Peter took each woman’s hands and hugged them. Although he was an equal opportunity PDA-er, it was the way in which he did this that really set them apart. “The difference is in how he holds their hands, how long, how strong the grip and how his body leans,” she says.
So where did we see this revealing body language in action? Let’s take a look at the first impressions that seemed to have the biggest impact on Peter.
1. Hannah Ann
It’s easy to see that Hannah Ann, 23, and Peter hit it off immediately. Coleman says, “Both Peter and Hannah Ann offered an open-mouthed smile when she exited the limo. He gave her a very full-body embrace, drawing her in closely, with his head on her shoulder. He turned all the way around to watch her walk into the mansion, clasping and unclasping his hands (which shows excitement) in front of him.” First impressions mean a lot and we already know he has a thing for girls named Hannah (more on that later).
As for Hannah Ann, Coleman notes that “Her voice got lower, softer and sultrier when she spoke to him. She also tilted her head as he talked, which conveys interest and flirting.”
Once inside the mansion, Hannah Ann and Peter “talked closely, holding hands and facing one another as they sat. After she shared something, he raised her hand and kissed it, indicating that he loved what he heard. He also kissed her first and it was long and passionate,” Coleman points out, adding, “His physical chemistry appeared to be strongest with Hannah Ann.” We have to agree there.
But Hannah Ann and Peter’s interest in one another didn’t land with everyone. As Coleman notes, “Hannah was aggressive during the evening, interrupting other girls’ time while feigning sweetness when gently confronted by another contestant. She will become one of the disliked girls in the home for sure.” Amen to that. The maxim “You gather more bees with honey,” may be true in the real world, but the Bachelor mansion is a battlefield all its own.