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Kevin Hogan, Ph.D. is a well known national speaker and the author of eight books including The Psychology of Persuasion and Talk Your Way to the Top. He is considered one of America's leading experts in body language and hypnosis. Articles about or by him have appeared in Success!, Mademoiselle, Selling Power, and many others!

Mary Lee LaBay is the co-author of Through the Open Door: Secrets of Self Hypnosis and The Hypnotherapy Handbook: Hypnosis and Mindbody Healing. She is a certified instructor of hypnotherapy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Network 3000; 1 edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963508520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963508522
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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303 of 321 people found the following review helpful By Jerri Simpkins on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I didn't know if I would like this book or not when I first saw it. I didn't want to read a book that was a Cosmo-get 'em in bed book. This was a pleasant surprise. Since Irresistible Attraction, I've read other books by Kevin Hogan but this remains my favorite for a lot of reasons.
Every page is filled with fun, respect for women, lots of well researched information about relationships and sometimes a tongue in cheek atttitude that is very fun!
Hogan and LaBay share fascinating research about body language and non-verbal communication. I learned so much about body language I feel I could be a commentator on television. Some of the more interesting facts I discovered included:
1)When meeting someone you are likely to start off on the right foot if you keep that person to your right side. The research behind this was truly amazing and once you learn this, you wonder why no one ever figured it out before.
2) The first impression really is important and in fact you should try to make a great impression on everyone you meet.
3) People with different colored eyes expect to be looked at in different ways and for different lengths of time.
4) People should dress themselves with colors that match their eyes for a great impression.
5) Men and women's body weight influences how people perceive their personality. I thought people would like you for who they are and they do but people assign better characteristics to you if you are thinner!
6) Women are deeper and more complex beings than men! (I knew that all the time.)
7) Physical appearance is far more important to men than women.
8) Clothing styles help you state who you are and helps other people see you for what you are stating.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Phil on March 25, 2006
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This book is valuable to anyone because of two points that jumped out at me when I recently read "Irresistible Attraction" for the second time.

First, you'll find that many principles and behavior patterns are useful all day, every day. Because people are people...whatever the setting. Second, you'll benefit even more from specialized tips you can apply in specific situations.

Based on both scientific research and real-world testing, this book gives you far more strategies that you can absorb and apply immediately. The value comes from using the information, not from just learning about it.

One way to benefit the most is to select a few behaviors and patterns whose benefits you want most. Keep this book handy while you're making habits of those initials behaviors and getting the results you want. Then select a few more actions and apply regularly. Repeat for as long as you want more positive results.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Veronique Mason on December 8, 2002
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"Not much happens in an intimate relationship until two people are first attracted to each other," says Hogan. How true! Think about it. Would you even want to be around that special person in your life, if you were not attracted to them? And what about them makes them attractive to you? Have you even thought about it?
Then, Hogan asks, "Are YOU irresistible?" We are all so caught up in how others are attractive to us, that we can forget about the other half of the equation: ourselves! How do I take what I have and make it into something more, something magnetic? That's what this book answers for us. And the answer is going to be different for everyone, but this book gives tons of credible advice that will work for most of us.
Fascinating: the evolutionary information inserted in chapter two such as why taller men are more attractive to women. The facts are presented in an easy to read, sometimes humorous fashion. A lot of authors take themselves way too serious, not Hogan. This book is fun and informative.
The chapter about body language was probably the most eye-opening stuff I've read in a long time. How close is too close to stand? What about eye contact? Gestures? How do I spot discomfort? What can I do to make them feel more comfortable? Who thinks about this stuff? Well, we all should, obviously, and our dates would go much smoother!
Hogan's reminder about positive expression is a great tip. How many times have you been on a date, and ended up being that person's shoulder to cry on? And you just met them fifteen minutes ago??
This is not just a book about how to have a great date. The authors delve into how to determine long-term needs, wants, desires, values. They help you ward off disaster with many how-not-to tips. This book is great for anyone not in a relationship who wants to be, AND great for anyone in a relationship who wants to remain attractive to their mate, and maybe even become more attractive to them!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Roger Largent on May 13, 2003
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OK, so how can a realistic book about attraction provide optimism? Authors Kevin Hogan and Mary Lee LaBay pull no punches. They tell you what you suspected all along. Physical attractiveness is important and so are those resources. (College degree, finances, etc.) But, attraction can go beyond that, even in those first four seconds that Hogan and LaBay discuss for almost half of the book.
Clearly you make your case before you open your mouth. There is no doubt about that. That's the first point of optimism. You can design an image of yourself that you want others to see based upon everything from your hairstyle to your smile (or not) and your dress. Then you can go uphill or down from there.
Every person you meet, the authors tell us, has a perception that they want to see filled, or, a filter that may or may not have your name written on it.
Fortunately, there is more reason for hope for those of us who don't look like Brad Pitt. The authors discuss in detail the aspects of a pleasing personality. They also share that regardless of how good a first impression you make, if you don't have a pleasing personality, you are short for life in the relationship.
The book contains a particularly useful chapter on building relationships. It contains more questions to ask significant others than I had ever deramed of. This was really the best chapter in the book for me. (Although, the rest of the book will probably be a lot more fun to use in real life!)
The book is divided evenly into discussing attraction, what it is, how it works and how to change perceptions in others. Then it talks about men and women separately so you can skip the chapters for women (if you are a guy). I have no idea if those three chapters were any good or not!
I think that this book really fires on all 8 cylinders. I learned a lot. I found the authors humor enjoyable and I found the frankness in dealing with a very difficult subject refreshing.
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