Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship

Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship

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by David Givens
     
 

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A world renowned anthropologist explores the non-verbal signs, signals, and cues human beings exchange to attract and keep their mates. As a medium of communication, Love's silent language predates speech by millions of years. Today, we still express emotions and feelings largely apart from words. The postures, gestures, and facial cues of attraction are universal,

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A world renowned anthropologist explores the non-verbal signs, signals, and cues human beings exchange to attract and keep their mates. As a medium of communication, Love's silent language predates speech by millions of years. Today, we still express emotions and feelings largely apart from words. The postures, gestures, and facial cues of attraction are universal, in all societies and cultures.

According to Dr. Givens, courtship moves slowly though five distinct phases: attracting attention, recognition phase, conversation phase, touching phase, making love. Since potential mates "test" each other before uniting as one, courtship is a choreographed give and take of signs granting physical and emotional closeness.

Love Signals is part enthnography and part how-to. Dr. Givens documents the little courting rituals witnessed in elevators, on subways, and in the workplace. He examines the essential role the face plays in courtship and how it can be optimally displayed. He decodes the body to find silent messages given off by shoulders, neck, arms, hands, waist, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. Dr. Givens analyzes expressive shapes, colors, and markings encoded in arm wear, shoulder wear, leg wear, and shoes. He deciphers the background messages of spaces, places and interiors to learn how environs help or hinder in the meeting process. Chemical cues emanating from aromas, tastes, steroids, sterols, and hormones strongly shape a partner's feelings, so they are explored as well.

The book suggests ways to flirt, avoid mixed signals, read eyes, walk, dress, and lift a drink—to help you find a date, spark a relationship, and keep a mate. Knowing the hidden vocabulary of love signals will give you an edge. The more you know about these secret skills of attraction, the more likely you will find a loving, lasting partner.

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“A masterful piece of work.” —American Library Association on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

“Highly recommended.” —New Scientist on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

“It's contents will enlighten you.” —Discover Magazine's "Pick of the Web" on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

“Site of the Day.” —Good Housekeeping on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

“Tells all you need to know--and much, much, much more.” —San Francisco Examiner "Website of the Week" on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

“Very interesting reading.” —Houston Chronicle on Dr. Givens' on-line Nonverbal Dictionary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312315061
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
766,658
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

David Givens, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane, Washington. He teaches Communication and Leadership in the graduate program of the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University. He is the author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship, Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim, and Your Body at Work: A Guide to Sight-reading the Body Language of Business, Bosses, and Boardrooms. He offers seminars on nonverbal communication to diverse audiences, including lawyers, judges, social workers, salespeople, and physicians.

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Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very engaging, easy to read, good info and seemed to be well researched. I got it for my single sons to read and read it myself. I think they will enjoy it. It is an overlooked aspect of the dating scene I think and could be very useful. Makes me want to read other body language books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book SUCKED it mostly talked about the HISTORY OF LOVE!!!!!!!! [•~•]
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sumjuan More than 1 year ago
Very detail and informative. the further i read into the book the more compelled i was to finish it.