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Body Language For Dummies Paperback – December 11, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470512913 ISBN-10: 0470512911 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470512911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470512913
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
relationships.

About the Author

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


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Customer Reviews

Good introduction to Body Language.
Marion Riani
Really fabulous, deeply insightful and very very fun!!!!
Wendy W. Keleher
The writer clearly knows her stuff!
R Tist

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By cbergie on December 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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64 of 87 people found the following review helpful By DixieFlatline on January 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
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...'

...and?

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 By Wendy W. Keleher on November 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By Kim on April 16, 2012
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 By Max Power on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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