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

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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 Communication 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.

How Do Women Flirt (and Get a Man’s Interest)?

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.

Boost Your Sex Appeal in Four Extraordinary Ways

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?

What Are Canine Calming Signals and Do They Work?

New data shows that of 30 different cataloged calming signals in dogs, some of them do, in fact, reduce the level of aggression in dogs that see them.

Spying the Spy: 50 Must-Ask Questions to Ask a Suspected Spy

By Joe Navarro M.A. on May 31, 2017 in Spycatcher
With all the inquiries about foreign intelligence and the Russians, here are the questions I would ask as a former counterintelligence agent.

Should Women Start a Good Ol' Girls Club?

Networks can serve as your insurance for professional longevity. Contacts are like an insurance policy. The more you have, the more security you can have in your career.

Who Has Psychic Powers?

What happens when you put psychics and people with ESP to the test?

Make Your Partner Better: The Power of Positive Expectations

Expect positive outcomes and they will likely come to pass; negative expectations spell disaster.

Three Keys to Getting Along

By Joe Navarro M.A. on May 15, 2017 in Spycatcher
The Three A's of Making Friends and Getting Along.

The Psychology of a First Impression

Want to ace the job interview? Make a strong first impression!
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How Naked Are Your Boundaries?

By Diana Raab PhD on April 25, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you feel as if your boundaries are blurred or sometimes invaded? Personal boundaries are highly-individualized and your body can provide the answers you might need.

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.