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

Showing Love Through 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.

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 PhD 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