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How to Read a Person Like a Book Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1990

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I took a road trip in January, drove from Dallas to New York City with one of my best friends. One problem we knew we would face was music. Where I tend to lean towards singers who hold a bottle of whiskey while singing, he enjoys the smooth sounds of R&B.

AudioBooks were the solution.

After listening to How to Read a Person Like a Book somewhere between Memphis and Nashville, every single gesture was analyzed, and in a small way, still is. And now I'm very conscious of what my body language is and I don't sit in meetings with my arms folded in front of me.
-Carrie, Random House AudioBooks Publicity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Explore the language that exists beyond words - the language of the body and its gestures.

Whether conscious or not of our bodies' movements, we express our feelings, attitudes, and motives through gestures that are often vague and frequently ignored. How to Read a Person Like a Book teaches you how to "decode" and reply to nonverbal signals from strangers, friends, and business associates, allowing you to:

* Gain command of business and social situations
* Sharpen your negotiating skills
* Recognize signals of affection and attraction
* Enrich your knowledge of body language.

Learn the clues that make reading people easy. Gerard Nierenberg's proven techniques for gaining control of negotiations, detecting lies, or recognizing signals of affection and sexual attraction will dramatically improve your understanding of others, giving you the advantage of added insight into all social and business situations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671735578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671735579
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read several books on body language, and find this book in the middle of the pack. The general information in the book is good overall, though rarely surprising. Although body language probably does not change within a culture very rapidly, this book is very dated, and was, in fact, originally published in 1971. The book betrays its age by references to elaborate hair grooming and preening customs among hippies, and an extensive analysis of smoking behavior during business negotiations, which, while still a factor in some predominantly Asian countries, is now a nearly defunct custom in most of the west, certainly in corporate America. While people interested in the history of body language may find the accounts of pipe lighting and cigarette extinguishing practices interesting, it is largely a distraction. The illustrations also reveal the age of the book: they are all black and white pen and ink drawings, and while they are not terrible, there are much better illustrations available now.

Having said all that, there is some good information in the book, and I think the book would be especially useful to people new to thinking consciously about body language. I like the quotations that begin every section: everyone from Shakespeare to Pliny the Elder is quoted, and they really do set the tone for the section that follows.

Interestingly, one of the reasons many people are interested in body language is in the field of romance, and while the dust jacket primes the reader to expect a full accounting of flirtation, in reality the book only devotes four pages to "courtship;" at any rate there are many better books specifically geared to that on the market.
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This book was one of the first one the scene in term of reading people. Granted, some of the material may seem outdated, but much of it is grounded in good basic pscyhology. If you want something a little more cutting edge, then check out David Lieberman's You Can Read Anyone. Lieberman's book is filled with specific techniques for many different situations, and his stuff is always very practical.
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Just this past year, a totally revised edition of this book was published by Square One Publishers as a trade paperback. This new edition features several new line illustrations that show the intricacies of body language. In addition, this new edition of the book benefits greatly from the added input of second co-author Professor Gabriel Grayson - a body language expert and bestselling author of the sign language reference guide TALKING WITH YOUR HANDS, LISTENING WITH YOUR EYES. If you want the best and most up-to-date version of this material, then this is the book you want!!
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Is that guy with the open jacket trustworthy and open-minded? Is the person with locked ankles worried or tense? What about that cute girl stroking her hair- or who just removed her glasses while you were speaking? All these gestures-and more- are examined in "How to Read a Person Like a Book". Mr. Nierenberg's work reminds me of Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking". Both are virtually useless if read as novels and put away. But I believe both can be vital if kept and referred back to from time to time. Mr. Nierenberg's main message is to watch other's body language: Do they show their hands or hide them? Do they look you in the eye or look away? Do they keep swallowing or clearing their throat? This is all very interesting and potentially useful. The author issues a caveat: We must be on guard for false or accidental signals. Perhaps the cute girl stroking her hair can't stand the sight of you. The guy clearing his throat may be the honest man in town-with a bad cold. Others (who have also read the book) could be "manipulating the system" and using it against you! A former boss springs to mind. I intend to try using the principles in "How to Read" in real life and watching the results. After all, the reader can use these principles on others! Taken with a grain of salt, what do we have to lose for $5.99? I refer back periodically to Dr. Peale and intend the same with Nierenberg. There is definite potential value here. Life's experience will be the ultimate teacher.
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This easy to read and relatively small book attempts to cover body language in a variety of areas of human interaction, and therefore barely scratches the surface in interpreting body language. You may not be able to read a person like a book just by reading this book, but this book is a decent introduction into body language.

The authors appropriately point out that different gestures and expressions in isolations are just like words, and that it is important to take into consideration how these different gestures and expressions relate to each other, how much they support the meaning of each other, the verbal language that accompanies them, the individual's cultural background, the health condition of the person, individual's habitual behavior, possible environmental factors, and anything else that may be contributing to the expression of a particular gesture.

At the beginning of the book, some expressions, gestures, postures and body movement are illustrated. Later chapter of the book, in an attempt to cover as many different situations for observing the body language as possible, there is only a listing of expressions, gestures or postures to which you may want to pay attention.

People who work in occupation where their well-being and/or income depend on their skill to interpret the body language they deal with (such as salesman, negotiators, lawyers, flight-attendants, waitresses, therapists, presenters, etc), will most likely know much more than they could find in this book. And when it comes to body language related to courtship and relationships, there are other books that offer much more information, like The Flirting Bible.
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