The Definitive Book of Body Language

What does your Body Language say about you?

It takes less than four minutes to make a lasting impression – good or bad. So what can you do to make those first four minutes work for you? Our gestures, appearance and non-verbal signals speak volumes. They account for 60% -80% of the messages we send face-to-face, far more than the spoken word.


The Definitive Book of Body Language teaches you the common gestures to look out for, and gestures to avoid. If you’ve ever wanted to know ‘how to tell if someone is lying’, ‘how to tell if someone likes you’, or ‘how to ace a job interview’ these questions and many more are answered with practical techniques and strategies.

It is a scientific fact that people’s gestures give away their true intentions, yet most of us don’t know how our physical movements speak to others. Drawing on more than thirty years’ experience in the field, as well as research from evolutionary biology, psychology and medical technologies, Allan and Barbara Pease examine the brain’s interaction with the body. This understanding of the basic vocabulary of body signals will enable you to read others’ attitudes and emotions.

"Body Language is an outward reflection of a person's emotional condition."

While there are cultural differences in body language, many gestures are universal – our ancestors practiced it for centuries as the original human communication system. Like most other species without a common linguistic system, body language allowed different tribes to assess friendliness or danger. Smiling for example, is a way of saying we are not a threat. If someone smiles at you, it is an automatic reaction to return the smile.

"Modern humans are worse at reading body signals than their ancestors because we are now distracted by words."

Learning to use gestures such as arm signals, hand and finger gestures, eye signals and many more can help you create an atmosphere where others feel comfortable with you and want to give you a fair hearing. Developing these skills to improve your body language is simple. Not easy, but simple.

"First impressions are the 'love-at-first-sight' of the business world. "

In fact, your body language can make or break a meeting, job interview, or romantic date. Knowing what your silent signals are revealing to others gives you the advantage to turn any interaction with other people to your favour.

The Definitive Book of Body Language explains in simple terms each component of body language. Regardless of your vocation or position in life, you will be able to use it to obtain a better understanding of life’s most complex event — a face-to-face encounter with another person. It will make you more aware of your own non-verbal cues and signals and will show you how to use them to communicate effectively and obtain the reactions you want.

The Definitive Book of Body Language
You will also discover how to:
  • Make a positive impression on others
  • Interview with confidence and negotiate successfully
  • Know if someone is available
  • Bond quickly and encourage others to co-operate
  • Make yourself likeable and approachable
  • Detect if someone is lying
  • Read between the lines of what is said
  • Recognise love-signs and power-plays

This book will enable you to use body language to read others — and get what you want!

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