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Body Language For Dummies [Paperback]

by Elizabeth Kuhnke
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December 11, 2007 0470512911 978-0470512913 1
If you are puzzled by other people or want to improve the impression you give, knowing about body language could be the key. In this book you’ll discover how the body reveals what people really mean and how you can use your body and your expressions to improve your self-image to others. It explores why we give the signals we do, how to read the most common expressions and goes on to show how you can use your new understanding of body language for success at work, in relationships and in your communication. Actions really do speak louder than words!

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From the Back Cover

If you’re puzzled by other people, or want to change the way others
respond to you, having an insight into body language is key. With this
book you’ll discover how the body reveals what people really mean,
and how you can use your gestures and expressions to make a positive
impact. It also shows you how to take your knowledge of body language
to the next level, and use it to transform your personal and professional

About the Author

Elizabeth Kuhnke is a Positive Impact Coach and the Managing Director and founder of Kuhnke Communication.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470512911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470512913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By cbergie
I've been on a body language kick ever since Lie to Me came out. I just finished reading The Definitive Guide to Body Language and making my way through Body Language for Dummies. I also have What Every Body is Saying and Telling Lies on the way. That said, Body Language for Dummies is really just a reworded version of the Definitive Guide to Body Language, with a whole mess of unnecessary anecdotes and "examples" that are worded for a pre-teen (ex: Joe and Jane meet at her house, but Joe's crossed arms and crossed legs clearly indicated that Jane was unwelcome. So Jane left.) The substantive examples are all taken from The Definitive Guide to Body Language, such as Princess Diane's looks, JFK and Nixon prior to the debate, and nearly every item - particularly the examples of other scientists and sociologists - were nearly copy and pasted into this book and reworded for the "Dummies" style we're all familiar with (if you read a lot of these as I do). It was so blatant that I actually looked at the copyright dates to see who lifted material from whom. The content, then, is pretty good, but you have to sift through many paragraphs of "Anecdotes" (as called in the book) that are unnecessary and provide no value. If you've already read The Definitive Guide to Body Language, save your money on this book; it is the same thing. If you haven't, I'd recommend that over this. The only upside to this is that I planned on reading that book again to pick up things I may have forgotten and with this, I don't have to. I'll review the others when I receive and finish them.
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63 of 86 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if you are British and live in a cave January 31, 2008
I was hoping for insight. I was hoping for some new and interesting information. My hopes were for naught.
The author clearly has NO idea how to write for anyone other than a UK audience.
`John lives in London but his girlfriend lives in Manchester, you can imagine the fuss...'

No, actually I can't.

`Mark was acting like a pageboy...'

Acting like a what?

`Prince Charles fiddled with the cuff-links given to him by the Duchess of Cornwall...'


The author also seems to think that everyone but her has never left their house. Most of what she writes about is so painfully obvious to, um..., EVERYONE, it's difficult to read the book and not just skim through it.

Yep, frown means sad, laugh means happy, thanks for wasting my time.
There are some interesting bits here and there, but they are difficult to glean.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous analysis, distilation and interpertation November 27, 2007
Thanks to the author, the ever so subtle messages we send with our body language, may be implied but now can be intended!!! This study provides many ah-ha! moments as well as identifing in either social/family or business context how these body signals are read by others and how we can learn new body language emitting more positive energy as well as translate this language into our daily observations enabling better communication and understanding. Really fabulous, deeply insightful and very very fun!!!! Great gift for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HHmmmmmmmmm ......... April 16, 2012
By Kim
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've heard many people I know believing in Body Language.

I read this book wondering what they found so captivating about "Body Language" and found (from reading this book) that Body language is open for interpretation. As well as it can be masked, it can be faked (for those that are looking to use it to their advantage) in any given situation.

I found myself in a situation with a "friend" that swore by it, however I also found myself getting REALLY perturbed at being told that I was using my body language during our conversation. Such as having an itch and needing to scratch it at which point I was being told that I didn't have an itch but it was a sign. Unable to convience this person that there was no hidden agenda made me very self conscious.

It seems that if people have mastered these once "natural" innocent gestures then it has turned into something that is perceived to be whatever the person "reading" your movements wants it to be. Which really takes the fun away from everyone enjoying the right to be themselves and enjoy life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's a Body language for dummies book.. duh November 18, 2011
To the naysayers who say this book is terrible because it's for beginners or people who don't know much about body language.. that's why it's part of the "For DUMMIES" series of books. In all for Dummies book, the author assumes that you basically know nothing about the said topic. If you are looking for an advanced workshop on body language, or have 5 other body language books that you have already read, why would you think a For Dummies would bring something new to the table? Don't fault a novice manual for being exactly what it says it is.

If you do know things about body language however it is still useful because it re-highlights the big ticket items. Eye contact for example. Most people know that eye contact is good, but I know lots and lots of people who have terrible eye contact. Reading this book impresses upon these types of people who know it is good, but don't do it, why to do it, and how to do it comfortably, because they often don't because they are uncomfortable with it. This book includes techniques for how to become comfortable with it, that are tested and work. And it does this for other big ticket items too, like how to stand to be more confident or have people more receptive to what you are saying.

I was horrible with my body language. I often stood with my arms crossed while not looking people in the eye. I chalked it up to being shy or thought crossing my arms all the time just felt comfortable. Well reading this made me realize it was comfortable because really it made me feel secure, but had the effect of blocking conversation, putting a shield between myself and the person I was talking to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Body Language
I wanted to learn more about body language. Trying to be more perceptive without words. I found this interesting and not so terribly deep, as the Dummies books go.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean T Siekman
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
So many things to look out for when meeting with another person, this book tells you all of them. Great
Published 2 months ago by derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful to the core!
A definate must-read! What an useful book, plenty of information and tips to better understand day-to-day interaction from business to personal
I'm enjoying it!
Published 7 months ago by Jonathan Ortiz
4.0 out of 5 stars as advertised
as advertised.. for dummies. I guessed a lot of this and the book confirmed it. I guess this isn't the best book to buy, but yes it works for dummies =)
Published 9 months ago by SY
5.0 out of 5 stars Body Language
This book arrived on time and in condition as described... I am very happy with this transaction...would order from them again...
Published on September 7, 2011 by Patricia Ann Story
4.0 out of 5 stars good beginner book
Great beginner book with a wealth of information that should be well known to some already and to some not. Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by pokerstar
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
i was expecting something from this book, but at the end i was satisfied with it..... great book in all..
Published on October 17, 2010 by wency101
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiley
Good introduction to Body Language. Easy to maneuver round so one can start and stop anywhere. Makes you want to read more about this very interesting subject.
Published on May 24, 2010 by Marion Riani
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Out of books on body languages I'v have read,this is the best one over all.The Other's were good too,but this one is the best so far. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph
What a triumph...this book tells it all! Easy to read, and easy to understand. Enlightening. I can use this new-found knowledge in both personal and business situations.
Published on June 9, 2008 by Curious George
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