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

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.

Unconscious Cues That Define Sexual Attractiveness

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?

Expansive Body Language and Quick Romantic Attraction

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?
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Writing About Sex and Intimacy

By Diana Raab PhD on September 04, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Have you always wanted to write about your intimate experiences or fantasies but didn't know where to start? Here are some suggestions and tips on how to begin.

3 Clues to Recognize Bipolar Disorder Mania in the Eyes

Bipolar mania affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings. Once you start looking for mania in the eyes, you can spot a person’s mania, or your own.
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My Six Discoveries

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Face It!
Lies can be detected from nonverbal behavior—but only some people can do it.

The Look of a Leader

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Talking Apes
Research shows that we select our leaders—whether in politics, business, or informal groups—based on the features of their faces, even when other information may be more relevant.

Why Do You and Your Friends Look So Much Alike?

Do you choose similar looking friends, or do you "grow" to look alike?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Responding to Silences

Identifying a silence's meaning and responding according to its underlying intent can be a powerful way to show love. Matching the response to the meaning reflects intimacy.

How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

In time of need, will you let a robot help you? A new study examines this.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Identify the Meanings of Silence

Silence between people who share a close relationship can have multiple meanings. Decoding them accurately is an act of love of great magnitude, permitting a loving response.

The Best Way to Deal With People Who Talk Too Much

People who talk too much can make your work and social life miserable if you don’t feel like listening to them. New communications research shows how to manage the long-winded.

The Psychology of Experience in the Digital World

a single experience is made up of an infinite number of smaller experiences.

How Couples Resolve Disagreements About Sex

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.
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Eight Reasons to Check the Mirror Before Important Meetings

By Tara Well Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in The Clarity
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Here are eight surprising ways to leverage your mirror to check for success.

Is Deception in the Eye of the Beholder, or the Deceiver?

Can you tell a liar by looking? Possibly — if you are looking at their eyes. Research reveals the eyes are one of the best indicators of deception.
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What Does the Body Remember?

By Diana Raab PhD on July 10, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
The body remembers more than we think. We might be amazed what we'd learn if we listened to its messages.

The Most Important Conversational Skill You Will Ever Need

Our social lives are heavily influenced by the nature of the conversations we hold. New communications research shows how to make your conversations work for you.

Who Gives a Dog a Command and How It Is Given Matters

Dogs respond differently to hand signals and voice commands, and who is giving the commands also matters.

Women's 11 Prime Flirting Techniques

How do women behave to get noticed by men? What body language do women use to show a man they are interested and get him to approach? Find out what the research has to say…

Non-Verbal Communication Across Cultures

Non-verbal skills are crucial for effective communication—at home and across cultures.

What's In a Face?

Human faces exhibit more diversity than any other physical feature and more than other species. This fact tells us of the social evolution of our ancestors.
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Mimicry and Attraction in Romantic Relationships

Can simply copying the words and behaviors of a date or mate make them like you more? Find out what research has to say about how mimicry can help your love life…

52 Ways to Show I Love You:Stretching

When we stretch our bodies, our minds, our relationships we show love in ways that help it expand and transform. By honoring the old, accommodating the new and letting go, we grow.

4 Surprising Secrets of Sex Appeal

Ordinarily, to boost your sex appeal you alter your physical appearance, but try these extraordinary strategies, no physical alterations required!

Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Clear Communication
Are you potentially asking for an extramarital affair without even knowing it?