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Secrets Of Body Language

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Delve into the science of non-verbal signals as this very visual and highly entertaining exposé reveals the hidden language in which 93% of human communication takes place. From President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and 2008 presidential hopefuls Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, see how both politicians and celebrities use the subtle movements of body language to persuade masses, establish power, and advance careers.

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  • Actors: Secrets of Body Language
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IXXY74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Chen Sun on February 27, 2009
I've read several books on body language, and didn't learn much. Now I know why. The books were missing the critical dynamic components and visualization. This DVD presents the basic framework from which one can then learn much more. I'm often critical of books, and believe this DVD did an outstanding introduction.
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I picked this up for the classroom on reccomendation and can truely say it was an excellent choice. The current examples of today's pop culture icons and their body language kept the students riveted and I heard animated discussion. The narration had concise information and the interviews were interesting. This is an excellent addition to any library on Body Language. History Channel provides excellent videos...this is definately one of them.
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I have read many books on Body Language but i didn't help me a lot. Those are really goods such as "Secrets of Body Language" by Allan Pease. The reason is i didn't know practical applicability of those signs.

This DVD is a great one, they have taken Professionals to give review and all you have is a first hand information. The examples they use are famous personalities and made this show very interesting. The DVD goes on without boring.

The only downside is they cover only a niche segment, mostly Political leaders, Criminals. It would be more interesting if they would have taken business deal environment and Courtship signals, that would be more practically helpful for general public to decipher the hidden meaning and avoid day to day havocs.
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This documentary covered more than I expected and used real footage for everything. Looking around I note that the other reviewers fault it for not covering enough topics and for using clips of famous people and people who were on TV news -- but I think it covered plenty in an hour in a half for anybody new to the subject, and I thought it was great that it used TV footage of famous people and people like Susan Smith that were in the news, because they needed to use footage that showed actual real-world body language and facial expressions, rather than using actors, and TV news is an obvious place to go for such video. They got footage of lots of people in a variety of high-stakes situations, doing what people do in such situations, which is sometimes to try to fake expressions and body language and sometimes to be genuine. Since I am a beginner with this subject this was perfect and I give it 5 stars.
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I have an avid interest in body language, especially as it relates to public speaking. Because of this I have read several books on the subject. I had high hopes that I would be able to recommend this video to those that I coach. I thought that the the visual nature of a video would help them to grasp the importance of body language faster than a book could. I had also hoped that the material would be presented in a professional manner. Well, this DVD was O-K, but not what all that it could have been.

My first disappointment was with the "experts" chosen to dissect well know videos of political figures and other celebrities in order to illustrate certain body language principles. I believe that almost all of them were "body language consultants". People that make their living teaching a particular subject to individuals and corporations are not the most objective sources of information. I had hoped for a different sort of professional, someone more detached and academic. When the consultants viewed videos of past presidents and other important leaders caught in a presumed lie some of them almost giggled, so pleased that they could point out obvious "tells".

The video clips were entertaining but most of them seemed tired. Yes, Nixon lied, Bill Clinton lied, show us something that we don't know. The program started to become more interesting when they went car shopping. Hidden cameras followed "consumers" looking to buy a car from two different dealers and examined the salesmen's body language. There were a couple of other practical, everyday illustrations of reading the type of body language that we encounter in our lives, but not as many as I had expected. A highlight was the section on voice analysis.
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By Mr. T on September 15, 2012
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A colleague in the communication field had recommended this video, so I had high hopes for the content. Although there are some interesting, historic clips, and coverage of a few scientific experiments, the coverage is a bit "lite". There are a few too many "experts" analyzing footage of famous liars, implying that nonverbal communication is actually a language that can be accurately and professionally decoded. Most professionals recognize that nonverbal communication is highly ambiguous, and this viewpoint was not really detailed here. That said, I did find a few clips worth showing in my communication courses.
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This DVD does a poor job communicating how to effectively learn body language. More than half the video uses examples of politician's and celebrities. And then the body language 'experts' start explaining how they can tell that Clinton was lying about Lewinsky, or that Jolie was hiding her affair with Pitt. The big problem is, they 'predict' the body language after they knew the outcome.
Well, i can predict yesterday's lottery winner too. But i can't predict tomorrow's. I expected this video to prove
that body language reading can predict the behavior of others. But it doesn't.
A much better video would show every day people in stores, airports, and other public places, and then say
"The camera will show that the people who's body expresses itself in a specific fashion will perform a specific act 90% of the time.
We will show ALL the people who exhibit the body language behavior, and then we'll see if their actions after the behavior are predictable."
This video has nothing like that.

It's the equivalent of someone saying they could "predict" that Google stock would skyrocket, after it's skyrocketed.
Predictions are only useful in predicting an outcome before it happens.
It's just senseless quacking to 'predict' an outcome after it's occurred.
(For further info, read "Falsifiability" on Wikipedia).

One very important point. Body Language is not 100% accurate. You can have 5 body language experts and each one will give a different opinion on what the person being analyzed is communicating with their body. But, it does make one person pay more attention to the person they are talking to, and that's a good thing.
You're better off reading "What every'Body' is saying" by the ex FBI agent. He has better info.
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