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

Can Social Skills Be Taught?

Can social skills be taught? We can learn how to communicate with each other better, but shyness is often very persistent.

How Universal Is Body Language?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Are emotional signals shaped by different cultures or are they universal to all humans? An ambitious new research project seeks to answer that question,

The "Guilty Dog" Look and Other Borrowed Signals

The guilty dog look and the human handshake have similar roots in the evolution of animal communication.

8 Ways Your Body Speaks Way Louder Than Your Words

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Feeling It
We all face difficult conversations with our spouse, our boss, our employee, our friends. We get so caught up in our words we forget the most important part: our body language.

What Is the Importance of Nonverbal Communications?

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
Why study nonverbals? Because as you will see, they matter more than we think.

Are You a Social Chameleon or a Zebra?

What kind of person are you? A social chameleon or a zebra?

How to Read His Mind

By Donna Barstow on March 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What is he really trying to tell you?

iSpeakDog: A Website Devoted to Becoming Dog Literate

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
This new website teaches people how to understand their dog's behavior and is meant for dog guardians, trainers, groomers, veterinarians, and anyone else who interacts with dogs.

To Understand Big Data, Try Thinking Like a Psychologist

Rich data tells us plenty about what our customers do, but next to nothing about why they are doing it.

Six Winning Body Language Techniques

Do you know about the secret powers of touch, or of eye contact? How about the "bubble"?

Can Somebody Please Teach President Trump Civility?

Previously immune from the consequences of his own instincts, President Trump doesn't act like an adult.

Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Singletons
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Or what your patient is not telling?

Can Young Children Tell Real Smiles From Fake Smiles?

Recent research suggests that young children can distinguish real from fake smiles. Real smiles indicate honesty and cooperation.

Screens or People?

Is multi-tasking wearing you out? Does electronic contact make you feel both closer and more disconnected from others?

Does Your Body Language Give You Away?

It’s widely known that your body language provides a window into your thoughts. Control that language, with guidance from this new research, to improve your relationships.
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6 Ways to Nurture Empathy in Intimate Relationships

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Empathy, which is a cousin of compassions is essential for successful relationships. Sometimes we need reminders on maintaining empathy. This article shares how to do this.

The Psychology of Meetings

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in A Sideways View
Meetings waste hours. Why do we have so many of them? Does them improve decision making? How to make them more efficient and effective.

Let's Get Responsive

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Your Future Self
How can you start being more responsive in your relationship today? The good news is that you have a cornucopia of avenues to choose from.

10 Ways to Deal With People When They Feel Miserable

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Learning to Deal With Miserable People Is A Necessary Skill

How Androgyny Works (Part 2)

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
You have heard the saying, ―Our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. This is a man’s job, we say, or that’s women’s work.
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Chubby, Chunky, Heavy, Big

Many parents are watching their children getting bigger and bigger and wonder, when do I say something? How do I help them when I can’t even help myself?

The Psychology of Profile Picture Selection

Personal profile pictures often display a glimpse of the arm of another person in them. This makes me wonder, "Why would people choose a picture with someone else in it?"
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The Etiquette of Hugging

Shy people struggle with the etiquette of hugging, but it may not always be a route to greater intimacy, empathy, and understanding.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Listening

Intimacy can be created through clear communication, but doing so requires listening to many aspects of a message and appreciating how they affect its transmission and impact.

Is ‘Gaydar’ Really a Thing?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Talking Apes
People can be surprisingly accurate at judging others’ sexual orientation from nonverbal cues, but only because ‘gaydar’ works just like other social intuitions.

The 5 Keys to a Rewarding Conversation

Many people find it difficult or stressful to make small talk at social gatherings. Here are the keys to rewarding conversations.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Touching

Touching brings our earliest and most basic connection to another person.

5 Resolutions for an Erotic Marriage

The number one resolution for New Years is to “get fit.” The body life in our marriage is our sex life. Not just sex but sex imbued with meaning, desire and romance.

One Simple Way to Stand Out in the Dating Pool

Success on dating apps can be made easier with a simple trick, as suggested by new research.

Recovery from Betrayal and Infidelity Part I

We’ve lost count of the number of times that we have heard from those who have been unfaithful in their partnerships, that “if I’d known then what I know now..."