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

Is It Possible That a Dog Could Be Racist?

New data shows that minor actions by a dog's owner can cause it to develop negative emotions toward particular people.

6 Seductive Body Language Channels

What does seduction really look like?

"Interpersonal Synchrony" is Vital to Harmonious Matchmaking

A new study on "interpersonal synchrony" has pinpointed the optimal ingredients for creating harmonious partnerships.

Why Do Dogs Turn in Circles Before Lying Down?

New data helps to explain why dogs spin around in circles before laying down — it's all about comfort.

Code Switching Solves Workplace Communication in 2020

The term "code switching" refers to having knowledge of both the male and female cultures or languages and readily swapping between them as you communicate.

5 Ways Effective Body Language Can Help Your Career

Here are 5 areas where effective nonverbal communication matters in your career success.

Obama's Tears

By Erika Rosenberg Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 About Face
Amidst controversy over the authenticity of President Obama's emotional behavior during a press conference on gun control, a facial expression expert offers a scientific analysis.

Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

We learn to read faces from birth, and easily tell a natural smile from a forced one. The Senator’s expressions feel atypical, which leaves me feeling uneasy.

Why Your Eyes Are (Literally) the Window to Your Soul

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Talking Apes
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the pupils tell us a lot about what’s going on in the mind of another person.

Mental Voice-Over?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on December 30, 2015 The Dolphin Divide
Do internal sound-tracks color your communication? Experienced communicators can often make more from less, predicting what will come next before messages are complete.

8 Secret Ways We Influence Others With Our Body Language

Subtle body language in others can trigger emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions in us -- and we may be completely unaware of them.

Male-Female Interactions: Don’t Get Your Signals Crossed

In any relationship the interaction between individuals is carried out through both words and actions. It is not only what is said but also the way it is said.

10 Things Passive People Say

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
When passivity becomes our default way of responding and interacting and determines our general approach to life, it hurts us in ways we might not realize: Here's what to look for:

The Essential Power Of Relationship

Perhaps the most important psychological discovery in years, Porges' research explains how the benevolent non-judgmental signals of the caregiver can calm the child. If consistent enough, calming relatedness is internalized, allowing us humans to engage in cooperation, reproduction, and - indeed - civilization.

Like a Moth to a Flame

By Ryan Anderson on November 03, 2015 The Mating Game
Some people would prefer attraction to remain mysterious. There are several things you can control to make yourself more attractive to the opposite-sex.

One Simple Way You Can Become a Human Lie Detector

Researchers have identified that observing whether or not someone is "thinking too hard" is the single most reliable cue for detecting a liar.

Nose to Nose Greeting With Puppies

Nose to nose touching with an adult dog may result in bites to a person's face, however this method of greeting may be a useful and safe technique to use when socializing puppies.

Relationships and Being a Great Partner

You might be wondering how being single has anything to do with being in a successful relationship with others, but it does.

Women's Conflict Mantra: Harmony is Normal, Conflict is Abno

What implication does this have for handling everyday conflict at work (financial costs, lack of promotion and career progress, acting out resentment in indirect ways such as passive-aggressive behavior, and inferior decision making)?

Bilingual Minds, Bilingual Bodies

It has been known for some time that the minds of bilinguals adjust to the linguistic and conceptual demands of different languages. Could it also be that their bodies differ in the way they process emotions and actions?

The 5 Core Skills Of Hostage Negotiators

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Beyond Words
Learn the five core skills taught to law enforcement hostage negotiators and apply them to your next crisis situation at work or home in order to get what you want. Sure police crisis incidents are much different but the underlying similarity is emotions dictate people's actions when they are in crisis. Therefore, these are five skills that you will be able to use too.

Does a Dog's Body Language Tell Us How Much He Has Learned?

You can read a dog's body language — specifically his mouth, eyes, ear position, and tail carriage and wagging — to learn whether he has learned an obedience task well.

Getting a Leg Up on Optimism

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 24, 2015 The Dolphin Divide
How positive associations enable learning. None of us can learn without relationships. It turns out that variety and fun provide the spice that keeps both going strong.

Top 10 Lessons From Donald Trump's Body Language

Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, is certainly a unique individual, with his own personal style (love it or hate it). Here is an analysis of the nonverbal cues that Trump commonly uses, and the possible effects they may have on others.

How Did Dogs Become Our Best Friends?

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 The Teenage Mind
Ever wonder how dogs became our best friends? Dr. Brian Hare developed a research program to understand how dogs evolved to read human gestures.

Gaining Charisma (Part II)

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 How To Do Life
Your competence will have more influence if displayed with charisma. Here’s how

5 Ways to Protect Your Personal Space

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 06, 2015 Off the Couch
Do you work in an open cubicle? Does someone in a nearby cube talk too loudly on their phone, or talk to you nonstop? Are you (or do you know) a college student who could be in danger of sexual boundary violations? Do you have a roommate (or a child or sibling) who “borrows” your clothes without asking, and returns them damaged – or not at all?

Is Gender Just A Performance and Are We All Just Performers?

Are you tired of performing gender or is it second nature. Does it always feel natural?

9 Things Only Passive-Aggressive People Do

While most people take the passive-aggressive approach once in a while, for some people manipulation and indirect communication become a way of life.