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

Culture Matters! How Cultural Knowledge Influences Language

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Culture, along with language and mind, form a golden triangle; their symbiotic interleaving enables the prodigious meaning-making capacity of our species.

Changing the Onus of Responsibility

While it is important to give our children strategies for standing strong, we must give them alternate means by which to do so---means by which they, as bystanders, will find their voice, and begin to use it soft ways.

What Girls Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

When the simplicity of forming a friendship just by climbing the same jungle gym is replaced by the intricacy of scaling middle-school social ladders, how can you teach your daughter the skills she needs to stay strong in the face of friendship drama and bullying?

Do You Want People to Understand You? Stop Doing This.

Saying what you mean is more than a matter of finding the right words. It’s the intonation, or tone of voice, that adds punch to our language. If you’re a victim of “uptalk,” without knowing it, you may be leaving people with a wrong, and confusing, impression.

Theo Fleury Is Teaching Us How to Heal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Former professional hockey player Theo Fleury is no stranger to confrontation, both on and off the ice. In 2009, he bravely and publicly confronted a very personal issue—sexual abuse and alcoholism. He explains how communication is pertinent to well-being, and even though the road ahead may not be easy, he truly believes that people can learn to heal.

Are Canadian Voters Really This Dumb?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in Caveman Politics
One of the nonpolitical shortcuts people use when evaluating politicians is their nonverbal displays—the messages they send with their facial expressions, body movement, eye contact, voice, and touch. How much does style matter over substance in politics?

Minimize Distraction: When Customers Feel They Aren’t Heard

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in Attention Training
As you shift from one situation to another, pay attention to how you are paying attention.

Resolving Social Conflict Between Familiar Cats

Cats may abruptly begin fighting with a cat they have known for years. Other times, a cat may dislike a new cat from the very first introduction. Have you ever had cats that did not get along? Please share your cat’s story and how you resolved the problem of quarreling kitties.

What’s Behind Women’s Intuition?

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in He Speaks, She Speaks
The ability to decode nonverbal cues is ultimately valuable and essential for effective communication. So women must ask themselves, how can we use these skills to enhance our effectiveness instead of letting them divert us? Women must not focus on others for a definition of what is “normal” or acceptable behavior; they must define it for themselves.

Jealousy in Street Art

By Peter Toohey on February 19, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Does jealousy have a role in street art? Can it help to keep things fair?

The New Pleasure Principle

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Sensoria
Looking at sexual practices through the lens of geosocial sexual networking apps.

Can Dogs Recognize Emotions Just by Looking at a Human Face?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 17, 2015 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs need only a glimpse of your mouth or your eyes to determine whether you are happy or angry.

5 Things You Need to Know About Body Language

If you want to become a “master” of nonverbal communication, there are some things you need to know.

Mr. Putin, Would You Lie Still So We Can Scan Your Brain?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on February 15, 2015 in Caveman Politics
How do we predict dangerous leaders' actions when they won't answer our proven psychological questionnaires or lie still for our fMRI bran scans? Well, here are a couple of choices.

How to Keep People From Bringing Out the Worst in You

Reactaholism is the major addiction of our times. The others tend to start as attempts to ease the chronic powerlessness of reactaholism.

Language

Language has been described as one of humans' most important evolutionary advances. We will explore language with specific reference to individual development and its relationship to affects and cognition.

6 Ways to Get More Comfortable With Others, and Yourself

Social skills are a vital tool to promote success in life. You may think that the socially adept among us are born, not bred. These 7 simple tips can help you gain the skills you need to handle any situation with charm and grace.

How to Tell if You’re in the Wrong Relationship

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in Compassion Matters
There are some red flags to look out for, most importantly those that indicate that you or your partner are experiencing an increase in psychological symptoms or a degradation in your ability to function. These would be signs that it may be time to call it quits or, at least, to seek counseling or outside help.

Practical Management Tips For Dogs With Behavioral Issues

Basic recommendations to manage a dog that exhibits fearful, anxious or reactive behavior in different situations.

What Is Body Language?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 10, 2015 in A Sideways View
Most people are fascinated about body language: how, how much, when, where, and why we communicate not be spoken but unspoken language. The topic has been investigated for more than 100 years by scientists from many different backgrounds. Yet, there remains many unsubstantiated claims by self-appointed experts. What do we know, and not know, about nonverbal communication?

Crisis of Confidence

Confidence when poorly defined and poorly understood can be both arrogant and ignorant. Not a great combination when high performance is the goal. “Positive of victory.” A quaint wish. Perhaps a nice pop psychology mantra. Performance confidence at its truest, is likely more honest than this statement.

Unwanted Hugs

By Isadora Alman MFT on January 07, 2015 in Sex & Sociability
How can one refuse a hug with style and grace?

Say That to My Face

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in Mind Change
Technology is making us poorer communicators- but time away from the screen can improve interpersonal skills very quickly when replaced with experience of the natural environment

10 Things Great Parents Do

A (printable) summary of parenting best practices

“I Didn’t Mean to Hurt You”

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on December 31, 2014 in Rediscovering Love
All intimate couples fight. The way they resolve those battles will determine the outcome of their relationship. The greatest enemy to resolution is blaming the other partner for the problem. When the people in a committed relationship learn to take responsibility for their own behavior, they are much more likely to succeed.

Reading Dangerous Faces

By Steve Albrecht DBA on December 31, 2014 in The Act of Violence
Children of alcoholics have had to become good face readers.

Your New Year’s Resolution: Put the Phone Away

Are you resolving to be a better person this year? Build a new relationship? Increase your work performance? Enhance your creativity? There's one simple step that can help you achieve all of these things: controlling the distracting devices that are interfering with your goals. Learn why it's important to put your phone away and focus on what matters.

Should You Say Something Negative?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in How To Do Life
An internal debate on when and how to say something critical.

The Clues to Deceit: The Psychology of Lie Detection

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in A Sideways View
There has been a lot of rigorous and insightful research on lying. We are all good liars, but not all good lie detectors. What does the research tell us about this fascinating area?

Why Do Some Therapists Take Notes In Session?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on December 24, 2014 in In Therapy
The notepad is as much a part of the lore of therapy as the clock, the couch, and the bottomless box of Kleenex. But is it really necessary?