The Art of Handshaking

Everyone has received a "bad handshake," that left a bad impression. Here are some thoughts on how to do it properly and how to avoid common mistakes.

Job Interviews—Things to Avoid

Here are forty examples from HR departments of things you shouldn't do during a job interview.

Wound Collectors

There are people who intentionally look for and collect social slights for their personal benefit. Who are these Wound Collectors and what can we expect?

Christopher Dorner's Toxic Manifesto

Once again, just as in the case of the Unabomber, a manifesto gives insight into the deadly triad of narcissism, paranoia, and "wound collecting."

The Silent Partners of Autism

Body language reflects our feelings, thoughts, fears, desires, and intentions - it is no less so for those who care for autistic children or adults: A look at the nonverbals of caregivers.

Are You Being Manipulated by a Social Puppeteer?

Are you being manipulated? A look at three personality types that you probably should avoid.

Nonverbals of the Skin

The skin reveals a lot about our emotions, our health, our experiences, even our desires. The nonverbals of the skin.

Dangerous Cult Leaders

Clues to what makes for a pathological cult leader.

What the Shoulders Say About Us

The shoulders are probably one of the most ignored areas of the body and yet when it comes to nonverbal communications, this is one area that truly reveals how we feel.

The Truth About Lie Detection

Here is a look at what science teaches us about detecting deception and the serious implications for law enforcement as well as the researcher.

Our Valued Space

If I ask an audience if someone has ever had their space violated, invariably all the hands go up. Some hands go up rather dramatically perhaps signifying how offended they were or perhaps that they are especially sensitive to spatial violations. We have all had this happen to us whether in an elevator, at the grocery checkout, or perhaps while talking to people at work.

"Cool" Body Language

Ventilating (cooling) behaviors allow us to deal with heat but also with psychological stress. Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian, had it right but there are other ventilators you should know, including one you never thought about.

Becoming A Great Observer

Study after study has demonstrated that we humans are terrible observers - often distracted and not very discerning. Has it always been this way and can we become better observers? The answer is no and yes.

Body Language vs. Micro-Expressions

You have read about it or even seen it on television, "micro-expressions." Here is a look at what the term has come to mean, what it can really be used for, and some practical alternatives for those who study nonverbal communications.

Protecting Our Children: Clues to Sexual Predation

The horrible allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State University should serve as a reminder that anyone can be a sexual predator. One way to protect our children is to know what behaviors suggest that they are being targeted for sexual predation or they have been victimized. Here is a practical list of behaviors parents and care-givers can look for.

Body Language Basics

We evolved to react to the world because danger has always been all around. In doing so, we developed an eloquent system for communicating to others our fears, concerns, emotions, and desires - the evolution of nonverbal communications.

Lessons From The Oslo Terrorist Attack

We have seen the pictures of the aftermath but what have we learned, if anything, from this tragic event? The answer may surprise you.

The Not So Obvious Lessons From The Casey Anthony Trial

Most of us saw the Casey Anthony trial, but some things were not so obvious. What you didn't see may shock you.

Intention, Desire, Denial & Reluctance Behaviors

Some behaviors that are often overlooked and yet reveal so much about our thoughts, feelings, desires, and intentions.
Body Language Analysis of "Weinergate" Photo

Body Language Analysis of "Weinergate" Photo

What an iconic photograph of Rep. Anthony Weiner can teach us about body language.

Questions from the TV show, "Lie to Me"

The show Lie to Me follows a line of progression in TV crime dramas. Each has sparked interest. Here Joe Navarro answers the questions he is most often asked by people around the world about the show Lie to Me and how we can become human lie detectors, or can we?

Influence - Up Close (Part Two)

From grooming, to body chemistry, to the handshake - our first physical contact. As you will see, up close, everything matters when it comes to influencing others.

Two Golden Opportunities To Influence Others (Part 1)

This is the first part of a two part series on the Golden Opportunities to we all have to impress others. Based on Joe Navarro's book Louder Than Words and his Harvard Business School lectures on how we influence others. First part: Influence at a Distance. For business or dating, at a distance is where we really begin to influence others.

Opportunities to Detect Deception in a Forensic Setting

Detecting deception is a difficult art form. During every interview we have four golden opportunities to detect indicators of deception, guilty knowledge or obfuscation for each question asked.

Detecting Lies vs. Detecting Truth - Serious Implications

Since 1989, 261 convictions have been overturned through DNA exonerations.  Alarmingly, in not one of these cases, did law enforcement officers detect the truth, yet they were all convinced they detected deception. It’s time to be honest about our ability to detect lies.

Benjamin Franklin & Nonverbal Communications

Nonverbal communications lessons from Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, statesman, scientist, publisher, librarian, postmaster, diplomat, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Deciphering The CEO Deception Study

A recent study of CEO and CFO statements made during Conference Calls found commonalities when they were deceptive. The question now is, can we rely on the study and the findings before we can say J'Accuse!? 

Spies Among Us

Twelve Russian "illegals" living in the United States serves as a reminder that Russia is not to be trusted.

Some Things You Just Can't Hide

Research tells us that detecting lies is a fifty-fifty proposition, so what can we use to evince the truth? Here are some methods based on techniques I used for over 25 years in the FBI.

Body Language Essentials for Your Children—For Parents

Give your child an important advantage by teaching them about nonverbal communications (body language) at an early age. This will go a long way towards their development of interpersonal skills and social intelligence.