Understanding Body Language

People are constantly throwing off a storm of signals. These signals may be silent (non-verbal) messages communicated through the sender's body movements, facial expressions, voice tone and loudness. Microexpressions, hand gestures, and posture register almost immediately, a silent orchestra that can have long-lasting repercussions.

Recent posts on Body Language

How to Harnesses the Power of Listening

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Spotting Opportunity
Are you listening to the wrong people? Three tips on being a smarter listener.
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The Secret of Platonic Relationships

By Diana Raab PhD on February 14, 2018 in The Empowerment Diary
Platonic love is a special emotional and spiritual relationship between two people and is different than romantic love, but can be even more powerful and long-lasting.

Marriage and Happiness

A good marriage is one of the life-factors most strongly associated and consistently associated with happiness. Good relationships make people happy...

Checking into Heartbreak Motel: Broken Heart Syndrome

"The best way to heal a broken heart, it turns out, is to find a way to move past the hurt". -Mary Kay Andrews
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How to Nonverbally Communicate Openness and Set Boundaries

By Tara Well Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in The Clarity
Wondering what signals you're sending? A few tips to be clear.

Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders

Psychoanalytic treatment is alive and well and has an important role to play in the diverse array of treatments available for eating disorders today.

Is Scott Peterson Innocent?

By Mark Godsey J.D. on January 18, 2018 in Blind Injustice
A&E's "The Murder of Laci Peterson" exposes psychological flaws in justice system.

You've Got the Magic Touch

If you're a hardcore NPR listener like I am, you may have heard the Morning Edition show with Michelle Trudeau talking about the health-promoting properties of touch.

Applying Conversational Analysis to the Digital World

Digital interactions with customers as they progress linearly from touchpoint to touchpoint is, in a very real sense, a conversation.

The Seeds of Cultural Change

What can we learn about masculinity from the sexual harassment scandals dominating the media world?

3 Steps to Calm Your Romantic Partner When You Are Arguing

How can you make your mate or spouse feel better, even when you can’t solve an argument? Sometimes, making them feel understood is all it takes. Read what research has to say…

Men, Power and Nonverbal Cues

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Today males (and white males, at that) still hold the majority of “power” positions (CEOs, company or board presidents) at Fortune 500 companies.

When Does Close Become Too Close?

By Lawrence T. White Ph.D. on December 27, 2017 in Culture Conscious
Everybody knows Italians have smaller “personal bubbles” than Americans, right? Well, maybe not. A new study examines interpersonal distances in 42 countries.

8 Body Language Cues That Can Get You Into Trouble

Be careful with these potentially dangerous body language cues.

Better Recognizing Vocal Emotions Can Improve Relationships

A sound way to learn more about your partner and yourself.

Want to Seem Approachable and Likable? Start Nodding "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New state-of-the-art research on body language identifies specific psychosocial cues triggered by nodding "yes" as opposed to shaking the head "no."

Celeste Headlee on Relearning to Listen

By Isaac Lidsky on December 08, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
No, you don’t know how I feel, but I’m trying to tell you.

Do Dogs Respond More Accurately to Words or Gestures?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 30, 2017 in Canine Corner
Voice commands and hand signals are not equally effective when directing a dog's behavior.

How Emotions Shape Your Digital Experience

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
Memories of feelings provide the necessary information with minimal brain load.

Face Time: What Expression Makes the Best First Impression?

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
We size each other up quickly, based on what we see. A happy face is noticeable, memorable, and creates positive emotion—which enhances the perception of authenticity.

Body Objectification: The Psychology Behind This Epidemic

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Clear Communication
Implicit association tests are clear but they shouldn't be an excuse to objectify the human body. Understanding the psychology behind objectification might help us fight back.

Face First: The Most Attractive Expression for a First Date

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
We size each other up through facial expressions within milliseconds. On a first date, put your best face forward, to ensure a great first date leads to a great relationship

Is Your Partner Lying to You? How to Tell by Looking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Research indicates that contrary to stereotype, liars often do not present themselves as a fidgeting bundle of nerves; they often appear cool as a cucumber. Here's why.

The Collaborative Art of Public Speaking

Collaborating with the right partner can reduce the dread (and procrastination time) of preparing for a presentation, and improve your results.

Reading Minds Is a Skill We All Need to Work On

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
No one can read minds, but we can improve our ability to guess what people are thinking and feeling, and to know when what they say is not what they think.

Can You Judge Trustworthiness From a Face?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Talking Apes
A sucker may be born every minute, but you don’t have to be one of them.

6 Invisible Sources of Sex Appeal

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research hints at how to avoid Mr. Wrong, while zeroing in on Mr. Right.

Why Smell Makes Us Choose Bad Boys (Sometimes)

By Donna Barstow on September 30, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Need some pointers? Dogs can help. But find out about the hidden organ humans have ourselves to help us select the right partner!

Touching Co-workers

By David F. Swink on September 22, 2017 in Threat Management
Touch can show support or appreciation, or it can be used to intimidate or frighten. It is one of the least understood means of communication. Does it belong at work?

The Most Attractive Type of Body Language

What types of body language get you noticed quickly and create attraction, especially in today’s world of speed dating and swipe-to-match dating apps?