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How to use the body's secret signals.

First impressions do count and the body is the best tool for making a good and accurate initial impression. Knowing how to read body language reveals crucial mental attitudes and emotional tactics.

Body Language is a practical guide to using the body to achieve greater professional and social success. Using jargon-free text and color illustration, the book explains how to quickly and correctly read a wide ...

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Overview

How to use the body's secret signals.

First impressions do count and the body is the best tool for making a good and accurate initial impression. Knowing how to read body language reveals crucial mental attitudes and emotional tactics.

Body Language is a practical guide to using the body to achieve greater professional and social success. Using jargon-free text and color illustration, the book explains how to quickly and correctly read a wide variety of body signals, how to express yourself better, how to respond more sensitively and how to improve relationships.

After first impressions and territorial behavior, the book covers the body language used in personal and public situations including:

  • Parties and social events
  • Dating relationships
  • Personal development
  • Job hunting and workplace situations
  • Meeting new people
  • Getting better service.

Body Language has an impact on a wide variety of behavior, such as how to tell whether people are finding a joke funny, how to tell who is unattached and who is not, coping with authority and identifying dishonest behavior at work.

Body Language includes an easy-to-read visual dictionary that shows key gestures with their meanings and reveals the contradictions that can occur between words and actions. The book takes a common sense approach to body language. While crossed arms are a clear indication of a closed mind, they can also indicate that the person is merely trying to stay warm.

Body Language is a fascinating book about the most powerful and effective communication device, the human body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979839
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Quilliam is a psychologist specializing in relationship issues and the author of eighteen books.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Speechless
  3. How the body communicates
    • Mind-reading
    • Words of warning
    • Practice makes perfect
    • Looking for clues
    • Decoding the message
    • Taking action
  4. Face to Face
  5. The body language of interpersonal relationships
    • Nice to meet you
    • Creating rapport
    • The art of conversation
    • Mind magic
    • Emotional expressions
    • Reading personalities
    • Friends together
    • Time alone
    • Going public

  6. Love Signs
  7. The body language of sexual relationships
    • Love at first sight
    • Body appeal
    • Getting together
    • Emotional body language
    • Letting it out
    • Problems, problems
    • It's over now
    • Is it love?
    • Being in love
    • Strengthening love
    • Staying in love
  8. Office Life
  9. The body language of the workplace
    • Making an impression
    • Coping with colleagues
    • Handling your boss
    • Tactics for meetings
    • You and the client
    • Reaching agreement
    • Interview success
    • Leading your team
    • Project body language
  10. Reading the Clues
  11. A picture dictionary of body language
    • Uneven shoulders and torso
    • Shoulder tension
    • Arms crossed
    • Hand as a fist
    • Hand to head
    • Hand over mouth
    • Head angled
    • Eyes wide
    • Raised eyebrows
    • Pupil dilation
    • Forehead raised
    • Nostrils flaring
    • Pursed lips
    • Curled lips
    • Wide smile
    • Legs crossed
    • Legs wide apart
    • Feet curled

    Index
    Acknowledgments


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Preface

Introduction

Body language has always fascinated human beings. We have always wanted to understand the message behind the words; we have always wanted to know what people really mean by a glance, a blush or a gesture.

Now we've realized not only that we can use body language to interpret other people's actions, but that we can also use it to give ourselves increased effectiveness in life. Now body talk can help us succeed in life, in love and at work.

Humans have probably always known instinctively that our non-verbal communication is just as vital as our verbal communication. How many of us were told when young to 'stand up straight' because our parents realized that would make us look more intelligent, attractive or impressive. Now research has shown that if we alter the way we present ourselves to the world — with friends, at work and in love — we stand a much greater chance of success.

This book explains how to improve your body language, and the specially commissioned illustrations show you what works and what doesn't. It encourages you to analyze and interpret others' bodytalk so that you can tell in advance how to respond to them, and then adapt your own bodytalk for maximum impact.

Speechless

The first chapter of the book explains what body language is and how to use it. It also includes the basic 'vocabulary' you need in order to read the book, and introduces the vital signs and essential guidelines for using body language in your life.

Face to face

By reading non-verbal signs you can be extremely accurate in analyzing what people are thinking and feeling, and even in reading their personality. How can you use body language to make initial contact with someone? How can you build friendship — and how can you tell when friendship is fading?
How can you make an impact socially, at parties, in small and large groups?

The second chapter also explores different kinds of relationships you can have with others, personal and professional; how to get time alone and how to respect other people's need for solitude through your own body language; and finally, how to use body language to survive in public.

Love signs

The body language of intimate relationships is explored in chapter three. It first looks at what draws people to each other and how you can use this knowledge to create and build attraction. How can you move a relationship forward, both sexually by using passionate body language, and emotionally by understanding your partner and communicating your feelings to him or her?

This chapter looks at relationship problems and how body language can be used to trouble-shoot. What happens when you argue? Is it possible to tell if a partner is having an affair? How can you use body language to develop a more honest relationship? What are the signals of a committed and long-term partnership?

Office life

chapter four takes non-verbal communication into the workplace. Coping with colleagues, making friends, maintaining status and surviving workplace affairs are all covered, as well as management issues — how to handle your boss, and then how to cope when you become a boss yourself. Also discussed are interview tactics, and — once you've gained your promotion — how to use body language to lead your team.

Reading the clues

The final section of the book is a visual dictionary of body language. The illustrations show signals, movements and expressions, and the text provides interpretations. One expression or gesture can mean many different things — it is only when bodytalk is read in context that you can really interpret it accurately.

How to use the book

This book is designed so that you can read it from cover to cover and get a comprehensive overview of what body language can do. But you can also dip into it, reading different sections for guidance on a particular situation such as an interview, a party, a date. If you do this, however, be sure to read chapter one first, as it gives you some basic ground rules for using body language. Study the pictures as well as the words. Even the captions can't tell the whole story, though; look at the illustrations again for yourself, and try interpreting every signal in them, not just the ones the text mentions.

Finally, use the book as a starting point, adding to it from your own experience and learning what works for you and what doesn't. When it comes to bodytalk, given knowledge and practice, you can be your own expert.

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Introduction

Introduction

Body language has always fascinated human beings. We have always wanted to understand the message behind the words; we have always wanted to know what people really mean by a glance, a blush or a gesture.

Now we've realized not only that we can use body language to interpret other people's actions, but that we can also use it to give ourselves increased effectiveness in life. Now body talk can help us succeed in life, in love and at work.

Humans have probably always known instinctively that our non-verbal communication is just as vital as our verbal communication. How many of us were told when young to 'stand up straight' because our parents realized that would make us look more intelligent, attractive or impressive. Now research has shown that if we alter the way we present ourselves to the world -- with friends, at work and in love -- we stand a much greater chance of success.

This book explains how to improve your body language, and the specially commissioned illustrations show you what works and what doesn't. It encourages you to analyze and interpret others' bodytalk so that you can tell in advance how to respond to them, and then adapt your own bodytalk for maximum impact.

Speechless

The first chapter of the book explains what body language is and how to use it. It also includes the basic 'vocabulary' you need in order to read the book, and introduces the vital signs and essential guidelines for using body language in your life.

Face to face

By reading non-verbal signs you can be extremely accurate in analyzing what people are thinking and feeling, and even in reading their personality. How can you use bodylanguage to make initial contact with someone? How can you build friendship -- and how can you tell when friendship is fading? How can you make an impact socially, at parties, in small and large groups?

The second chapter also explores different kinds of relationships you can have with others, personal and professional; how to get time alone and how to respect other people's need for solitude through your own body language; and finally, how to use body language to survive in public.

Love signs

The body language of intimate relationships is explored in chapter three. It first looks at what draws people to each other and how you can use this knowledge to create and build attraction. How can you move a relationship forward, both sexually by using passionate body language, and emotionally by understanding your partner and communicating your feelings to him or her?

This chapter looks at relationship problems and how body language can be used to trouble-shoot. What happens when you argue? Is it possible to tell if a partner is having an affair? How can you use body language to develop a more honest relationship? What are the signals of a committed and long-term partnership?

Office life

chapter four takes non-verbal communication into the workplace. Coping with colleagues, making friends, maintaining status and surviving workplace affairs are all covered, as well as management issues -- how to handle your boss, and then how to cope when you become a boss yourself. Also discussed are interview tactics, and -- once you've gained your promotion -- how to use body language to lead your team.

Reading the clues

The final section of the book is a visual dictionary of body language. The illustrations show signals, movements and expressions, and the text provides interpretations. One expression or gesture can mean many different things -- it is only when bodytalk is read in context that you can really interpret it accurately.

How to use the book

This book is designed so that you can read it from cover to cover and get a comprehensive overview of what body language can do. But you can also dip into it, reading different sections for guidance on a particular situation such as an interview, a party, a date. If you do this, however, be sure to read chapter one first, as it gives you some basic ground rules for using body language. Study the pictures as well as the words. Even the captions can't tell the whole story, though; look at the illustrations again for yourself, and try interpreting every signal in them, not just the ones the text mentions.

Finally, use the book as a starting point, adding to it from your own experience and learning what works for you and what doesn't. When it comes to bodytalk, given knowledge and practice, you can be your own expert.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    this is a dificult subject to master

    This proves to be another boring and hard to understand book on this subject which I have to assume requires a lot of memorization. I think that you can let it boil down to as you grow in life you will be able to interpret peoples true communication better regardless of what books like this suggest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Very good read!

    I really enjoyed this book, which was the first that I had read concerning body language. It was an excellent guide to understanding people on a more intimate level. The pictures were very helpful, with only one instance of confusion concerning the people in the pictures and their situation. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to begin learning about body language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    Great Book, Fast Read

    I really enjoyed the book, I found it to be very informative on the topic of body language. I can now point out when the situation is becoming uncomfertable or when my freind really does need my help.

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