The Secrets of Body Language: An Illustrated Guide to Knowing What People Are Really Thinking and Feeling

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Do you ever feel that someone's gestures are telling you something different than the words they are saying? Has a cashier asked you how you are without glancing up from the items he or she is scanning?  Have you ever felt that the firmness of your words is undermined by your feeble body language? Although spoken and written language may seem like our primary methods of communicating with one another, body language plays a strikingly prominent role, making up more than 90 ...

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Overview

Do you ever feel that someone's gestures are telling you something different than the words they are saying? Has a cashier asked you how you are without glancing up from the items he or she is scanning?  Have you ever felt that the firmness of your words is undermined by your feeble body language? Although spoken and written language may seem like our primary methods of communicating with one another, body language plays a strikingly prominent role, making up more than 90 percent of communication.

In the first English translation of Philippe Turchet’s The Secrets of Body Language, readers can discover all the ways they have been inadvertently communicating negative, positive, neutral, or mixed messages with the simple body movements they habitually make without even thinking about it. Turchet makes us aware of the true importance of body language in all contexts, relationships, and encounters, and explains how body language embedded in our genetic makeup has the remarkable ability to transcend the language barriers and communicate universal meaning. In this enlightening book, find out what your own body language is telling other people, how you can read the signs of others' bodies, and how to most effectively utilize your own body movements to "say" what you really mean. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620870723
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 274,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe
Turchet has spent twenty years developing synergology, a discipline that figures out how the human mind works by reading body language.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 11

Part 1 Body Language, a Language of Emotions

Chapter 1 Body Language: Nonverbal Language and Emotions 17

Chapter 2 What Is an Emotion? 23

Chapter 3 How Do You Build an Emotion ? 33

Chapter 4 How Do You Read an Emotion? 43

Chapter 5 From Visible Emotions to Those That Are Hidden 55

Chapter 6 How Do You Decipher a Hidden Emotion? 63

Chapter 7 Do Hidden Emotions Have Their Own Language? 77

Part 2 The Hand Says Out Loud What the Body Thinks to Itself

Chapter 8 Body Symbolism Is Universal 103

Chapter 9 Hide-and-Seek on the Face 119

Chapter 10 The Torso Is Our Armor 151

Chapter 11 The Back: "The Other Side" of the Body 165

Chapter 12 The Limbs: To Act 175

Chapter 13 Taking Matters in Hand 197

Part 3 When the Body Thinks Out Loud

Chapter 14 Gestures Also Had a "Big Bang" 223

Chapter 15 Today, Four Types of Unconscious Gestures Coexist 239

Chapter 16 The Wrists Give Their Informed Opinion 249

Chapter 17 Discord Between the Head and the Hand 257

Chapter 18 Our Gestures Speak of Our Values 267

Chapter 19 At What Point Is Body Language Universal? 277

Conclusion: The Moral of This Story 287

Afterword 297

Appendix 1 299

Appendix 2 301

Appendix 3 303

Glossary 305

Notes 317

Bibliography 339

Index 357

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