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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553804723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553804720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When Allan and Barbara Pease write, I read. And underline. And learn. And laugh. And steal. The Definitive Book of Body Language is a marvel of a book!"—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence and Re-Imagine!

About the Author

Allan Pease has written eleven other bestselling books on the subject of human communication and body language, including, with Barbara Pease, Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps and Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need New Shoes.

Barbara Pease is CEO of Pease Training International and the author of the international bestseller Memory Language. She divides her time between England and Australia, trying to find her way home from the airport.

Customer Reviews

Worth it to buy the book and read multiple times.
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They say that this book will "revolutionize the way we deal with others" and "change our life forever".
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We found this book to be very informative and a fun book to read.
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371 of 410 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on January 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book introduces body language from the point of view of business executives. The authors specialize in the use of body language for business and politics. I found the illustrations and photos that accompany the text to be very funny and appropriate. This is not a very scholarly book, so if you're looking for a very serious and academic book about the study of body language, then this isn't the volume you're looking for, but if you'd just like an introduction to body language from a practical point of view, then this is a perfect book to read. In addition, it is very easy and entertaining to read, so I can recommend this to anyone.
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267 of 301 people found the following review helpful By Dirk J. Willard on September 17, 2006
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This is a fascinating book! What I liked most were the many illustrations demonstrating the authors' points throughout the book. Read the text though--there is so much more to this book. The author's sense of humor, though a little dry, added entertainment to an already enlightening read. I especially liked the courtship section. It is amazing that women send signals an average of 5 times before the men they are interested in respond. It just shows you how dense we men are. I found it unsettling that if you are interested in another woman at a party, the woman you are with will pick up your signal is a New York minute. And, if another woman starts flirting with you from across a room, the woman you are with will send recognizable body language to the other female: "hands off, he's mine--you're looking at trouble."

After reading this book, I guess I will never go into another meeting without subconsciously, or consciously, trying to recall the lessons in this book. I hope someone in the Harvard business school considers teaching this text in a course.

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149 of 170 people found the following review helpful By G. Chang on May 2, 2008
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I became interested in a body language book after hearing about it from my prof in grad school. The title of this book made me think that it was a "definitive" or "complete" book, but it was not.

What's good about this book is that it is written from the perspective of experienced salesmen. That is very good in itself (you're paying to learn from their expertise). They cover common body language signs and explain what they usually mean. They also give practical advise on learning/reading body language for many different kinds of settings (business, dating, etc). In other words, this book is very practical and easy to read. I did learn new things about body language by reading this book. However, it did not cover some things that are important from a more purely psychological or medical point of view (such as psychomotor agitation, etc).

What I hated about this book:
1) It is loaded with questionable scientific information. The experiments were not really experiments, and the authors use scientific names and information like pharm reps would. I noticed use of weasel words and lots of sketchy information to "sell" their ideas. That is what made me lower my rating the most. It cheapened the feel of the book and made the reading less enjoyable. (-2 stars)

2) It contains extraneous information, such as sections on why laughing is good for your health. I also got annoyed at how much of the beginning of the book was dedicated to scientific information when none of them are clearly qualified or well-informed on the subject.

3) It is ultimately NOT a book that's purely on body language. Read it and you'll see why. They should add a subtitle or change the title. (-1 star)
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Dude on May 10, 2013
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The prescriptive side of this book, which prevails throughout, is where it fails the hardest. They say things like, do this, and you will project confidence and power.

Page 351 (American version, 2006):
when somebody makes you wait in their office, take out some "financial papers and a calculator and do calculations. When they call for you say, "I'll be ready in a moment - I'll just finish these calculations."
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arrange for an urgent call to be put through to you during your meeting. Take the call, loudly mention large amounts of money, drop in a well0known name or two, tell the caller you never settle for second best and that they are to report back to you as soon as possible.

I DID NOT MAKE THIS UP. THIS IS VERBATIM. omfg. Are they kidding us? Who, WHO, in the world would actually.... do this?

Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite???

I live in NYC.

You meet all kinds of people, here. But you can always tell when you meet that certain someone. A young, single male in their mid 20's. Probably a year out of college. Trying to dress up, move up, climb up. (Lost, scared, desperate to show the world....something)

They've read books like Body Language, 48 rules of power, how to psych-out everybody you meet, and other trashy titles. They do little stupid things that they learned in these books, and it's obvious, and it doesn't work.

You can't blame them -- after all how do you learn how to "carry yourself" in this world, when you move from a small town to the big city? Well, it's hard. You learn from experience. Snake oil doesn't work, never has, never will. Being fake instantly destroys all the silly subtle cues anybody is trying to convey.
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