- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553804723
- ISBN-13: 978-0553804720
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 614 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions Hardcover – July 25, 2006
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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.
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I'm a writer. In an attempt to add more than nodding, smiling, frowning, etc. to my fiction, I needed a book that described more subtle expressions and gestures. I'm about half-way through this book (I read resource books like this a few pages a day over a period of months) and it is exactly what I needed. The tone is light, not bogged down in academic-style prose, and has already given me several insights and models for character behavior. I consider it a good addition to my reference shelf.
This is a must have for anyone interested in social psychology, and an excellent source of info for anyone with social awkwardness.
There are many pictures/photographs used throughout this book depicting universal body language signals.
This book also has an interesting section on seating arrangements/office set-ups, the signals these arrangements can send and then gives specifics on how to arrange seating according to the type of meeting one wishes to hold.
I teach communication courses and this book is always one of the books I put on the recommended reading list.
If you want an excellent resource book on body language then this book is well-worth reading.
The book is spiced with witty jokes, cartoons and anecdotes that make it an easy and enjoyable read. The language used is simple to understand and information contained in it is easy to learn.
I only wished that the authors were not as pretentious with their introduction. They say that this book will "revolutionize the way we deal with others" and "change our life forever". Oh please. I did read it and I did use the information in it for good effect, but it did not revolutionize the way I deal with others and it did not change my life forever. I realize that they want to sell the book, but making grandiose statements on how your life will never be the same after reading it, might put some people off.
The only other complaint I have is that the book seems to focus mostly on business/office relationships and dating. While humans do spend a lot of time working and pursuing romantic relationships, it is not the only thing we do. How about some advice about how to behave in a restaurant with friends or in a store when negotiating with a salesman?
The complaints are minor, however. The book is excellent and should be read by anyone interested in reading/interacting with/manipulating others. I started using some of the tricks in the book and they work.
when passing people in a crowded hallway, woman passing a man tend to turn her chest away to pass, while a man will turn his chest toward the female.
when you cross your arms, do you cross the right over the left or the left over the right? Did you know that 70% of people tend to do this in a certain way? (answer in the book)
So are you going to be a Body Language expert after this book... no, however it gives you a great base-line on where to start and as with most things (see Malcolm Gladwell's -'Outliers' or Geoff Colvin -'Talent is Overrated') it's going to take practice (a lot of it) to become an expert.
Here's something you can do while you wait for the book in the mail: while watching TV (when people are interacting) mute the sound... see if you can pick up on what is going on, what are the emotions, and notice the mannerisms and gestures. Then if you have a DVR rewind and unmute or if you don't then just unmute the TV and see if you were right.
Overall I would highly recommend this book. Now onto my next one.... Jef Nance - Conquering Deception :)